A Madeira Tasting at Pereira d'Oliveira

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Tasted July 6, 2001 by Xavier Auerbach with 176 views

Flight 1 (8 notes)

White - Fortified
1937 D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva Portugal, Madeira
93 points
Over 50 years on oak. Relatively full colour; varnishy and acidic on the nose, hint of caramel; elegant and concentrated, explosive attack, rapier-like acidity, bone-dry, fnishes with a hint of caramel.
White - Fortified
1957 D'Oliveiras Madeira Old Wine Reserva Portugal, Madeira
94 points
Medium-Sweet. Over 40 years on oak. Elegant, tangy acidity, lovely depth and concentration, medium-sweet but also a bit Verdelho-like; vanilla and caramel, complete, classic.
White - Fortified
1973 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal Reserva Portugal, Madeira
93 points
Lively, juicy, rounded, elegant but good concentration and weight, lovely orange-coloured fruit and some wood; excellent length, true Oliveira-style.
White - Fortified
1912 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva Portugal, Madeira
95 points
Over 75 years on oak. Comparable colour to the Boal 1903 / Verdelho 1903; uncommunicative nose, varnish, nuts and oak; wonderful old Verdelho palate, velvety, rich but medium-dry, weight and concentration, lovely acidity; excellent length, nuts and caramel, hint of sweetness. Outstanding.
White - Fortified
1905 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva Portugal, Madeira
94 points
Comparable colour to the Bual 1903; difficult on the nose, alcoholic, hint of meat extract; rich, darker style than the Verdelho 1912, amazing concentration; excellent length, more barley-sugar than the 1912; very impressive but forbidding.
White - Fortified
1922 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal Reserva Portugal, Madeira
98 points
A beautiful, rich Boal. Deep colour; classic Boal nose with burnt caramel and vanilla; calm and powerful on the palate, excellent weight, balancing acidity; excellent length, with nuts, caramel and vanilla. A great classic.
White - Fortified
1903 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal Reserva Portugal, Madeira
97 points
Deep colour, rich and burnt; very deep and rich Boal nose, toasted nuts, raisins and caramel; classic old Boal on the palate, medium-sweet, a little woodier than the 1922, concentrated, big, rich but stylish; amazing length, oaky.
White - Fortified
1900 D'Oliveiras Madeira Moscatel Reserva Portugal, Madeira
96 points
Over 70 years on oak. JNV label. Incredibly deep colour; deep and burnt bouquet, lots of oak but no real muscat character; on the palate it does show the soothing sweetness of the Moscatel, extremely concentrated but seamless and stylish; lovely acidity, great length.