Good rich purple color with a faint showing of legs in the glass. On the nose- blackberry cassis, charcoal and cedar. On the palate I get dark fruit compote, coffee bean and a touch of tannin. The mid palate is all Ribena alongside the very slight tannins. The finish has a more blueberry note to it, with toasty wood and the last vestiges of the tannic component. A very nice, easy drinking wine that gets 89 points from me. Drink till 2024 with grilled meats. 3 stars for this $15 blend. Pairing with grilled Tri-Tip roast and patty-pan squash. Salut….
This is the second wine of Chryseia, it is a beautiful dark purple in the glass. The nose gives off rose petals, perfume, black currant and cedar slate. On the palate it is big- loads of Ribena, oregano, red licorice and a hint of wood. The mid palate is seamless with the introduction of some very lithe tannins. The mouthfeel is generous and warm in this wine. It is relatively easy drinking with the mild tannins, barely perceptible acidity and warm fruit. The finish is all black currant, decent in length and not overly dry. 92 points and 5 stars for this $25 effort. Delicious. Drink this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz till 2030. Salut….
I really look forward to Portuguese wines. I normally find them to be full of flavor, with good structure and interesting profiles. This one was on sale for $14 and relied heavily on past vintage points awarded. It starts off very promising with a rich deep purple in the glass. Nose of bramble, blackberry and earth. The palate is initially a little light for me. Black cherry, more blackberry but that’s about it. The mid palate is one dimensional, offering a dusty blackberry note and not much else. The finish is slightly dry with some tannins finally appearing. This wine is too thin for me, not extracted enough and lacks any long term cellaring. I don’t think it is a repeat purchase. 83 points and 1 star from me. Salut….
Really bright opaque purple in the glass. The nose is inky with a touch of plum. The palate starts off with plums, a raisin component and some oak. A deft hand has been at work here with the tannins, they are powerful yet well integrated. There is a freshness that I am enjoying on the mid palate along with the dryness of the tannins. A finish of bright blueberry, tannins and a touch of heat carries on for a while. Surprising really as this wine only weighs in at 13.5 %. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and some Tinta Barroca. It is actually very yummy and will rock the pork tenderloins roasting in the oven with onions and some sautéed Kale. I’m going 90 points on this one. Paid $17 which makes it a 4 star wine. I have always thought of Portuguese wine as being very tasty, affordable and a go to if in a pinch. Salut….
A re-taste from 2012 that gave me nothing at the time. The Quinta Do Crasto 2009 that I previously tasted was absolutely closed, off-limits, nada, nothing. This time around, much more open on both the nose and the palate. Indeed, a rather high scoring wine. Let’s start with the beautiful purple hue in the glass. On the nose, gorgeous plums and blueberry. On the attack, blackberry and spicy oak. It’s hard to nail any varietal because this one is a blend according to the label. I do however, get some Touriga notes, which I love. This Reserva was bottled in 2011 after 16 months in oak, both French and American. I will say that I am starting to notice a little heat, wondering if the 14.5% alcohol is in balance. I think with some more time, it will hide behind the really silky tannins that are still in force. A long life ahead for this unfiltered wine, with further evolution that will be interesting to see.
I keep sniffing the glass, getting more depth all the time. This is a serious wine folks, I’m glad I reserved judgement. I would like to visit it again in 2015. For now, this bottle is giving me a 92 point opinion and at the decent price of around $40, 5 stars. I would get a few for the cellar if you like Portuguese wines, this one rocks.
I enjoy Portuguese wines for their uniqueness and flavor profile. This old vine offering is a blend of the winery’s varietals that have an average age of 70 years. The label indicates 16 months in both French and American oak. They advise decanting and/or cellaring for the full enjoyment. I agree. I popped and poured and am somewhat stupefied. It is very closed on the nose and palate. A beautiful purple color is its first redeeming trait.
After an hour I tried the trusty Vinturi, still nothing. A bust, a shambles. Glowing reviews and high scores for this wine are all lost on me. I am going to have to revisit at a later date. For now, I am leaving it alone. I think it has potential and I don’t want to slam it yet. Stay tuned…