“The 2005 Pintas Vintage Port is a field blend from very old vines (some 80 years or so) coming in at 110 grams per liter of residual sugar. One of the first three Ports in this vertical, this has no problem with power but it lacks some concentration. That said, its structure is equal or superior to either of its predecessors and its mid-palate finesse is appealing. Its freshness and its finish allow it to seem special at times. My only quibble was the modest concentration. Yet the next day it had put on weight and showed a long finish laced with chocolate and herbs. I came to like this a lot. Its somewhat backward nature on opening requires that it have a bit more cellaring for best results. You can approach it if you give it a couple of hours of air but it probably is better to hold it another five years or so. It should age very well, the only question being whether the mid-palate will keep up with the power. I suspect it will be fine.”
“A single vineyard wine made from 80 year old vines, a field blend of some 30 different grapes. Again, the oak dominates the wine at the moment, though there’s no doubting the concentration of blackcurranty fruit below. Closed and hard to read, both in November and when re-tasted in March. One to review.”
This is a magnificent red blend of Aragonez and Petit Verdot from the Quinta da Viçosa, a unique property consisting of schist, iron ore and other soils. The wine has a flavorful red and black fruit, a seamless integration of oak and is elegantly structured with layers of fruit, chocolate and secondary notes. Delicious and very reasonably priced for a wine of this quality.
The 2005 Vinho Tinto is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Tinta Roriz. The nose exhibits fresh aromas of blueberry and toast, and the palate has complex fruit flavors with vanilla notes and an elegant texture. The wine is rich and flavorful and in perfect balance. Excellent value, too.
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.
The 2005 QUINTA DA GARRIDA ESTATE is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Jaen and Touriga Nacional aged for 12 months in French oak. Brighter and more lively than the -04 Touriga Nacional reviewed this issue, it is also a bit lighter... It is another graceful, elegant wine...