“The 2007 TOURIGA NACIONAL (QUINTA DA GARRIDA) is refined and elegant, with moderate tannins supporting the fruit. Overly oaky on opening, its character a bit subsumed by sweet oak notes, this does come around well, eventually showing some earthy notes and more purity, nice structure and more fruit. It is a very nicely built Touriga, with a little upside potential. Drink now-2018.”
“The 2010 BRANCO RESERVA ‘QUINTA DA GARRIDA’ is all Encruzado. There is a slight vanilla tinge, but this otherwise graceful, yet solidly built wine shows quite nicely, bursting with flavor and maintaining its elegance. A bit short on complexity, this charming white is just fun to drink. Drink now-2014.”
“The 2007 RESERVA ‘QUINTA DA GARRIDA’ is a 70/30 blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, aged in a mixture of French and Russian oak barrels. One might wish for a touch more restraint on the oak, but this is a big mouthful, with a bit of bite on the end from the tannic punch and it gradually begins to integrate the oak into a powerful performance. There is also a nuance of nail polish, a certain oddity in the flavor profile, whether due to oak or vinification. This is the deepest, most ageworthy and most dramatic of the winery’s offerings this issue, but the choice is not always clear cut when all factors, including price, are weighed. Drink now-2020.”
“The 2008 QUINTA DA GARRIDA ‘ESTATE’ is a 50/40 blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, with 10% Jaen added in. A nice value from the winery, this shows a typically elegant mid-palate, a bit of an oak tinge in its youth, good flavor and nice focus. There is not a lot of mid-palate concentration, nor anything resembling a ‘wow’ factor, but this Burgundian-styled wine is very appealing and easy to drink, with grip on the finish. Drink now-2017.”
“Intensely concentrated wine, still young, showing powerful tannins and big black fruit. It has a solid core, very structured, with the rich fruit acting as a balance and foil.”Label shot is included in the piece
“Delicious creamy wood-aged wine, elegant and aromatic. Flavors swirl easily here from red apples to lemon to a touch of pineapple. It is ripe while also very fresh. The finish is round, the wood hints showing through.”
The 2007 Tinto is a terrific entry level wine. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Jaen, it is aged for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels and is velvet smooth on the palate with good fruit concentration and is very drinkable young. Superb value.
The 2005 Touriga Nacional displays an opaque runy color with aromas of smoke, mocha, loam, violets and graphite. Aged for 12 months in new Russian and French oak barrels, it is pleasantly earthy with ripe fruit flavors and notes of toast on the finish.