Wine Enthusiast

by Roger Voss

Date: January 2016
Wine: QUINTA NOVA REFERÊNCIA GRANDE RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2013
Rate: 94 points (Cellar Selection)
Made from a field blend of old vines to which some Tinta Roriz added, this powerful, ripe and fruity wine is both concentrated and superbly generous. It has swathes of black fruits, dark tannins and minerality, all striated with acidity and a firm black plum skin texture. This is a wine to age, drink from 2019.

Date: January 2016
Wine: QUINTA NOVA GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2013
Rate: 93 points (Cellar Selection)
 
This is a hugely powerful and dense wine. It is packed with dense tannins at this stage although with the promise of rich, opulent fruit behind the tannins it will blossom in a serious, complex wine with both great fruit and structure. Drink this serious wine from 2018.

Date: January 2016
Wine: MIRABILIS GRANDE RESERVA WHITE | DOURO | 2014
Rate: 92 points
The vineyard is on typical steep slopes on the north bank of the Douro
River with cooler corners for white wine. This wood-aged wine is in a
bottle more suited to a liqueur and is impressively rich while preserving its cool feel. The mouthfeel has toastiness and ripe yellow fruits which are cut with a steely texture and pink grapefruit acidity. It's a wine to age, so drink from 2017.

Date: January 2015
Wine: QUINTA NOVA GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2012
Rate: 93 points 
Quinta Nova has produced two Grand Reservas in 2012. This is leaner than the other, a more structured wine with dry tannins and great concentration. It will need several years to soften and bring out its natural mineral richness. Drink from 2018.

Date: January 2015
Wine: QUINTA NOVA REFERÊNCIA GRANDE RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2012
Rate: 94 points (Cellar Selection)
This is a powerful wine, complex and structured. From one of the Douro’s top quintas, now fully on form, this is full of red fruits, blackberries and acidity that’s still so young. Concentrated and demanding aging, this should be kept at least until 2018.

Date: January 2014
Wine: MIRABILIS GRANDE RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2011
Rate: 92 points
Designed to emulate the richness of a fine Burgundy, this is a rounded wine that is full in the mouth. It has rich tannins and concentrated black fruits balanced by acidity, creating a luxurious, opulent feeling. It should age well and will be best after 2017.

Date: January 2014
Wine: MIRABILIS GRANDE RESERVA WHITE | DOURO | 2012
Rate: 92 points
This wood-aged wine comes from a small parcel of old vines in the Quinta Nova vineyard. With its ripe, smooth and creamy texture, it has a full, almost Burgundian feel. Ripe peach combines with vanilla to make a wine that has concentration and richness, cut with final acidity.

Date: January 2014
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA REFERÊNCIA RED | DOURO | 2011
Rate: 94 points
This is a very dry, firm and solid wine. It also shows some extraction, giving bitter chocolate flavors as well as fruit. It has a tough texture at this stage, dense and powerful. The acidity though shows the potential of the ripe fruit. Drink from 2018.

Date: January 2014
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2011
Rate: 93 points - Cellar Selection
With its smoky wood, rich while elegant fruit and strong structure, this is a wine for serious aging. It has all the right elements with the dense tannins, black plum skin fruits, complex texture and wood flavors just showing through. Give this powerful wine until 2017.

Date: January 2014
Wine: RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2011
Rate: 91 points
Already impressive, this wine is rich and packed with tannins and fruit. The structure gives a dry core that is cushioned by the sweet blackberry fruit flavors. The end shows the tannins again, along with fresh acidity, both suggesting aging. Drink from 2016.

Date: January 2012
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2009
Rate: 93 points - Cellar Selection
A powerfully ripe wine, full of black fruit and sumptuous tannins. Despite its youth, the wine, wearing all its charms up front, is very ready to drink. It’s dark, juicy and deliciously rich.

Date: January 2011
Wine: VINTAGE | PORT | 2008
Rate: 91 points
Lean, bitter chocolate-flavored wine. The structure dominates, pierced with acidity and tight tannins. Firm, structured and dry, it has weight enough to suggest it will age.

Date: January 2011
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2008
Rate: 92 points - Cellar Selection
A firm, initially austere wine that only shows its richness slowly. Obviously it needs aging, because the dark tannins show the huge potential concentration of fruit under the tigth structure. It’s going to be impressive. Give it 5–6 years.

Date: January 2011
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA Referência RED | DOURO | 2008
Rate: 91 points
An impressively structured wine, the dense and dusty tannins in fine balance with the big berry fruits. Freshness is preserved by the acidity, the wine’s firm character opening up to a delicious, more juicy finish.

Date: January 2011
Wine: GRAINHA RESERVA WHITE | DOURO | 2009
Rate: 90 points
With toast, sweet ripe yellow fruits and some lovely acidity, this is a complex full-bodied wine, its dense texture promising another 1–2 years aging.

Date: January 2011
Wine: POMARES WHITE | DOURO | 2010
Rate: 87 points
A rounded, smooth-textured white, given freshness by the acidity that offers a lemon zest edge. Green herbs and apple juice shine on the balanced, crisp finish.
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