sábado, 13 de abril de 2024

Atlantis 2021


Made from 100% Verdelho.

Nose comes very mineral, it has white fruit pulp and a little bit of apple.

Mouth is dry, thin, very mineral, crystallized, some white fruit with delicate pulp. Passion fruit only reveals some hints at the very end. It has finesse.

Rating: ★★★

Chateau Beausejour Cuveé Prestige 2018


Made 100% of Merlot.

Roasted wood, tobacco and dried nuts in the nose.

It's got a brutal kick and push and push. It has an acidity of white wine. It provides plum, raisins, a little too much of oak, but becomes tasty and enjoyable.

Rating: ★★★

Piccini 2021


Red fruits and some herbs in the aromas.

Inside my mouth is fresh and vigorous. Punch it with red fruits, and turns to spice that sting the tongue. Oak is not intrusive, making roll it nicely. A warmth surprise.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Montes Ermos Reserva especial 2019

Ripe red fruits, toasted wood and flowers fragrance.

Taut, spicy, compact fruit, tobacco, woody, it is thick, tense and endless. It clings to the cheeks. Continuous an violent attack against the senses, corpulent and virulent. Maybe too much of everything, too bold, too fat. I do not care. I think is brilliant.

Rating: ★★★★☆

domingo, 10 de dezembro de 2023

Buçaco Reservado 2017


While in Amsterdam, in the past two weeks I put my tongue on two "blast from the past" Portuguese wines, one with more than 20 years old, Quinta do Poço do Lobo and other more recent, from 2018 Quinta de Saes. Customer desire changes, vinification techniques evolve, styles change, and some wines become something else, while other's keep close to the anchor that defined its legacy, such as this Buçaco. tasted the 2008 vintage more than 10 years ago and never forgot the experience. Hence, what the 2017 bring us?

Aromas have such a weight, ripe fruit, seems quince and grapefruit and other yellow berries.

In the mouth stings the tongue, with composed acidity, blended quince with resin, citrus zest, gooseberries, it grows and reveals sumptuousness all up. Highly recommended.

Rating: ★★★★☆

sábado, 7 de outubro de 2023

Father's Eyes Chardonnay 2020


Aromas with ripe fruit, peach, honey and melon.

Dissolves in the mouth. Very fruity and juicy, maybe too much, but it doesn't make you sick. You start to think it fits best to pair with desert, then, minerals kick-in and it all disappears and dries at supersonic speed. Extraordinary. From sweet to dry.

Ratting: ★★

Passi di Orma 2020


Made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

A hand full of ripe cherries in the nose. In the mouth it is smooth, it resembles a Spanish rioja, well composed of cherries, some fruit jam, toasted oak wood and that spice that peaks in the end. It is greedy, structured, live character with an intoxicating freshness.

Ratting: ★★

sábado, 15 de abril de 2023

Vinhas Improváveis Reserva 2019


Black fruits, raisins, blackberry, some wood and dark chocolate shavings in the nose.

It is soft and acidic at the same time, like Ying & Yang. The beginning is a bit plasticized. With excess wood and candy.  Then it changes and gets the wine seriously without spells and this should be the real experience I am paying for.

Ratting: ★★

Amaranta Montepulciano Abruzzo 2018


Compact aroma: blackberries, cherries and toasted wood.

In the mouth fills mildly in full bloom. It has black fruit and cherries rolling like Maltesers. It's a bit woody. Everything sticks to the tongue. It is intoxicating and poisonous with pepper.

Ratting: ★★

Lodali Bricco Ambrogio 2014


Anise, chemical aromas and other oxides.

It is quite rusty, there is anise flower, raisins, dark chocolate . It is a wine against the easy going and commonplace characters.

Ratting: ★★