Boston Wine Expo 2000
Andresen Late Bottled Vintage Porto '92 -- Made in the
traditional style, this wine needs to be decanted and can age in the
bottle. Licorice and plum aromas, along with a little alcohol. More
licorice, prune, plum and raisin flavors, and a good tannic bite.
Fairly sweet, but a slight bitter edge mars the finish. I wouldn't
keep this for too long, but it could last for a couple of years.
Caves Velhas Quinta do Boição Bucelas '98 --
Spicy grapefruit and peach aromas, with big oak, pear and butter
flavors. Lots of acidity on the finish. This might turn some
California Chardonnay-lovers heads.
Caves Velhas Romiera Palmela Vinho Tinto '97 -- Almost no
aromas at all, with some cherry and earth flavors. Smooth and round,
but not much there.
Caves Velhas Romiera Palmela Garrafeira '95 -- Some alcohol
on the nose, but not much else. Even smoother and rounder than the
regular Vinho Tinto, with more generous cherry and earth flavors, and
a great spiced cherry aftertaste.
Caves Velhas Dao Touriga Nacional Messiao Reserva '96 --
Very dark, inky wine, with plenty of earth and leather in the nose.
Smooth with generous cherry and earth flavors that linger on the long
finish. Medium tannins, and plenty of acidity to match with food.
Herdade Cortes de Cima Alentejo '97 -- A blend of
Aragonêz (Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Periquita that was
fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak. Very nice spicy plum
and cherry aromas. Lots of cherry, anise and plum flavor to go
around, and a long finish of balanced fruit, spice and tannin.
Lajido Pilo '94 -- Semi-oxidized (intentionally), this white wine has
waxy and nutty aromas, along with some citrus fruit. Nutty and citrus
flavors; it's not fortified, but tastes almost like it is. An unusual
wine, most closely comparable to a cross between Fino and dry
Amontillado Sherry. Full of flavor, and very good, though not for
Paco Teixeiro Vinho Verde
'95 -- Not spritzy at all, with waxy
and fresh corn masa aromas. Round and quite oaky in the mouth, with
more corn, and a touch of citrus. Not bad.
Quinta de Abrigada Allenquer '97 -- Saddle and feed lot
aromas, with leather, black cherry and plum flavors. A good framework
of tannin holds things together.
Quinta da Boavista Quinta das Setencostas Estremadura '98
-- A blend of Periquita, Tinta Miúda, Preto Martinho and
Camarate. Spicy, peppery nose, with some plum notes. Simple but
enjoyable round plum flavors, with little tannin. Good deal for the
$8 suggested price.
Quinta do Cachão Tinta Roriz Colheita
'98 -- Shy nose with a little leather
showing up. Spicy and smooth, with modest cherry and leather
Quinta do Carneiro Allenquer '97 -- A blend of Periquita,
Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon that shows green pepper and spice
aromas, and bell pepper flavors.
Quinta do Carvalhino Riserva Bairrada
'91 -- Made from 100% Baga, which is
the most common variety in the Bairrada region, and possibly the most
widely planted grape in all of Portugal. The Baga is noted for high
levels of tannin and acidity. This wine shows a lot of tobacco and
plum on the nose, along with generous plum, tobacco and eucalyptus
flavors. Quite tannic. This is a big wine with a lot going for
Quinta do Cotto Douro '96 -- Very expressive eucalyptus, cherry and earth nose.
Unfortunately, it falls a bit flat on the tongue, with modest cherry
and leather notes, and not enough acidity to liven things up.
Quinta da Lagoalva Vinho Regional Ribatejo
'93 -- Cherry and anise aromas and
flavors blend nicely with earthy notes. Plenty of grip, too.
Quinta de Saes Dão
'95 -- Smells like alcohol, with some
earthy notes. But it improves a lot in the mouth, with full, round,
sweet cherry and plum fruit, and a decent oak framework.
Quinta do Vale da Raposa Douro
'97 -- Made from some of the Port grape
varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Tinto
Cão. Was this wine corked? Showed a slightly mildewy note on
the nose, with some leather aromas. Muted cherry flavors, and quite
No Rating (possibly corked)
Sogrape Gazela Vinho Verde
NV -- Lightly spritzy with a fresh corn
tortilla nose. Slightly sweet, but not much flavor. Ok, but not much
Sogrape Vinha do Monte Vinho Regional
Alantejano '98 -- Leather and bright
red cherry, with a hint of pine on the nose. Lots of spicy oak with
cherry and other berry flavors. Almost no tannins. For a suggested
retail price of $7, this is a very good deal.
Sogrape Duke de Viseu Dão
'96 -- An unusual combination of
leather and floral aromas, with a little bit of the barnyard (but not
too much) thrown in. Lots of cherry and earth flavor, and bracing
tannins. Will show better with food, and for a suggested retail price
of $8, it's another good deal.
Sogrape Grão Vasco Dão
'97 -- Cherries, plums and earth are
the dominant aromas, but there is a somewhat clashing note of green
chile pepper in the mouth, along with the plum fruit. Seems a bit
light, and lacking in backbone, but still an interesting drink.
Sogrape Douro Reserva '96 -- A spicy, plummy nose, with port-like aromas. Round
and full in the mouth, with lots of plums, spice and earth, and good
acidity. Moderate tannins. For $10, this is an excellent buy.
Warres Late Bottled Vintage Port
'86 -- Made in the traditional style,
this LBV shows a bit of complexity on nose, with anise, prune and
raisin added to some secondary aromas. Dusty blackberry and plum
fruit, along with some tobacco and a touch of earth, keep the
interest up in the mouth. Finishes with solid tannins.
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja
Reserva '94 -- A nice typical Rioja,
with vanilla oak and cherry aromas and flavors. Smooth and balanced,
with plenty of fruit.
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Riserva
'90 -- Leather and cherry aromas, with
plum, red cherry and oak flavors. Good fruit, and not too tannic. A
smooth, satisfying Rioja.
La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Riserva
'95 -- Tawny color, with lots of oak
and red cherry aromas. Plenty of cherry and oak are evident in the
mouth, too. A pretty traditional style Rioja.
La Rioja Alta Baron de Ona Riserva
'94 -- Made in a more modern style,
this wine is much more tannic than the other offerings from this
producer. It shows decent plum and tobacco flavors and aromas, but
misses some of the subtlety of the other offerings.
If you would like to read about more great Spanish wines I tasted at this year's Expo, you shouldn't miss the Lustau Sherry Seminar and Tempranillo Seminar notes.
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