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Maçanita Reserva tinto
94/100
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Maçanita Reserva tinto

Vintage 2017 - Wine Advocate

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94/100

Vintage 2017 - Wine Advocate

The 2017 Reserva Tinto is a blend of 75% Touriga Nacional and 25% Sousão aged for 24 months in mostly neutral French barrels (but for 25% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This projects leanness, yet it in fact has ample concentration. It adds laser-like focus and precision. Then, it pours on the power, seeming both fresh and intense. A fairly stern Reserva, this avoids flamboyance—despite two fairly flamboyant grapes—in favor of elegance, freshness and structure. There's still plenty of flavor, though. This is going to need a little patience. As with all of the best reds here, they will likely look better around 2023–2025, and some of them will hit the 20-year mark—and perhaps more, although I tend to be conservative in listed drinking windows. This is not opulent, but it might be a long-distance runner that will one day enchant for an evening, not just a sip. (But not today. Toss it in the cellar, and don't make me call Arya Stark on you.) For the moment, let's lean up on this. There were 5,000 bottles produced.

Gouveio by Joaninha
92/100
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Gouveio by Joaninha

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

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92/100

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

The 2019 Gouveio (by Joaninha) is unoaked, very dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. This is sourced from 15-year-old vines at 700 meters in altitude in Baixo Corgo. It hasn't been long since I first saw this, but even a few extra months in the bottle has changed it and given a clearer idea of where it is going. Powerful, intense and precise, this has reasonable concentration, but its energy is what you will most admire. It will really show better later in 2021 than it does today, as the fruit needs to reassert itself. It has actually closed down a bit, and it did not drink well until the next day. It seems to have a pretty good chance to age well, perhaps better than anticipated. There were 2,000 bottles produced.

Folgasão
90/100
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Folgasão

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

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90/100

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

The 2019 Folgasão is unoaked, very dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. This is a rarity as a monovarietal. Some producers (Ramos Pinto, for one) have been using the grape but not as a monovarietal. It's a nice debut for the brand. Textured and seeming more concentrated than that 11.5% alcohol would suggest, this adds a slightly tart edge before the acidity is integrated into the whole. This is lovely. The remaining question is how it will age. It's worth leaning up on this for the moment in evaluation. We'll take the aging curve in stages. There were just 1,900 bottles sourced from 15-year-old vines in Baixo Corgo.

Touriga Nacional em Rosé
90/100
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Touriga Nacional em Rosé

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

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90/100

Vintage 2019 - Wine Advocate

The 2019 Touriga Nacional em Rosé is very dry and comes in very dry (0.6 grams of sugar) and at 12.5% alcohol. Another solid Touriga pink, this is moderately aromatic and chock-full of flavor, but the fruit is always supported by its fine acidity. It finishes dry. It seems deep and surprisingly concentrated too. This is lovely. There were 15,000 bottles produced.

Touriga Nacional Cima Corgo
92/100
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Touriga Nacional Cima Corgo

Vintage 2017 - Wine Advocate

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92/100

Vintage 2017 - Wine Advocate

The 2017 Touriga Nacional (Cima Corgo) is sourced from vines at 550 meters and comes in at 14% alcohol. Unlike the debut vintage, this was aged for 18 months in mostly neutral French barrels (but 25% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Elegant in the mid-palate, this has good supporting structure and freshness, plus plenty of blue-fruit aromas. In some ways, it is a bit more classic than its sibling, the Letra A this issue. It handles its tannins and alcohol better than the Letra A and avoids any harshness. That said, there is plenty of power here and this, too, will need a few years in the cellar to show its best. It is very promising but wholly unevolved. There were 2,346 bottles produced from 15-year-old vines. For those wondering, the winery's Touriga Nacional (Douro Superior) no longer exists, as the winery lost the vineyard site. Instead, there is a new Touriga competitor—the Letra A, also reviewed.

Quanto + Arinto + gosto de ti
90+/100
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Quanto + Arinto + gosto de ti

Vintage 2018 - Wine Advocate

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90+/100

Vintage 2018 - Wine Advocate

The 2018 Quanto Mais Arinto Mais Gosto de Ti (roughly, "As much as you are Arinto, I love you more") is very dry (less than half a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 13.5% alcohol. It was aged for 18 months in new French oak. The oak affects the Arinto just now, but the grape certainly rises above the wood. The longer it airs out, the less I paid attention to the wood, a good sign. Focused, fresh and persistent, this is lovely, with reasonable mid-palate depth and length on the finish. I'm not convinced it is quite as good as the last couple of vintages, though. It should still age well, and it might have a chance to improve. Needless to say, while the wine is very nice, the price is not quite as friendly. As good as this is, I would have to point out for bargain hunters that there are several wines here in this group that are far less expensive and about as good. There were 2,000 bottles produced from 18-year-old vines at 550 meters.

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