JPR Quinta da Viçosa Single Vineyard Touriga & Cabernet 2011, regional Alentejo
Tasted May 2013
Grapes - Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance - clear and bright almost opaque ruby colour with some thick legs slowly descending.
Nose - clean, youthful and with pronounced intensity giving away ripe red fruit, some cherry and plum, black fruit notes of blackcurrant, floral nuances, a hint of ripe green bell, some mineral earthy, steely hints and a nice leafy touch.
Palate - dry, a medium level of refreshing acidity, ripe but sinewy tannins with a spicy lift and medium plus presence, medium plus body and heady alcohol. Maintains a pronounced fresh red fruit intensity on the palate, the mineral earthy hints, lots of blackcurrant and just a little trace of the ripe green bell pepper. Spicy licorice. There's some noticeable oak spices and some toasted flavours. Medium plus length.
Conclusions (17,75/20) - Very good quality wine, generously fruited, intense but with a very nice freshness and spiked by spicy, powdery, earthy tannins and nuances of fine oak maturing. Rewarding and grippy at the same time can drink now but bottle rest will to wonders unleashing the complexity it hints. Alcohol could be slightly better integrated but time will deal with that, decant it for now or keep 5 to 10 years to enjoy its full potential.
Approximate retail price - €25
Note: Sample kindly provided by João Portugal Ramos