White - Fortified

1912 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva

Verdelho

  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • Outplaying Likes this wine:

    May 14, 2017 - This was a treat. Thanks for sharing Bob H. Incredible nose. Walnut, caramel. I didn't know what to expect, but this was dry, and not sweet at all. Complex and hard to describe. An enjoyable experience and a wine to sit with and contemplate.

  • Bob H Likes this wine:

    April 29, 2017 - Opened & double decanted tonight for a dinner two weeks from today.

    Color is a light mahogany; caramel and orange peel, framed by a laser beam of acidity on the nose. An intoxicating nose, to say the least.

    Those flavors, along with that laser beam of acidity, are replicated on the palate - I can still taste the finish as I type this. I'm glad I opened this tonight - as crazy as it seems for a wine over 100 years old, this strikes me as young/primary.

  • portman63 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    February 8, 2017 - My experience over the last 6 weeks is ver similar to SALIL below. This is an extremely deep dark wine. I and friends who share it with me found it to be bright and acidic as well so the citrus element he missed was there in the finish for me. I also found it to be at its best after 2-3 weeks of being open. The body was more full, the toffee, black fig showed better and the length was at it's peak. It never really fell off too much after, it just is hard to keep from sampling it until HORROR... No more!

  • salil wrote: (95 points)

    April 8, 2016 - Nothing like Chicago hospitality...; 4/6/2016-4/10/2016: Ralph Wiggum would probably say "this wine tastes like dark" - not only is it remarkably dark in colour, but the figgy, toffee, nutty, and earthy flavours all have deep bass tones to them, not showing that citric brightness I often find in Verdelho. It's immense on the palate with great intensity to the flavours, powerful acids that buffer the moderate sweetness, and incredible length. Fantastic.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • acyso wrote: (95 points)

    December 13, 2015 - Madeira and Champagne (Chicago, IL): Bottled 2008. I used to think, "oh, I'll skip sercial and verdelho because they're drier styles, and I like wines with more RS." Then I grew a brain. This is an inky dark madeira, with a very deep nose of brown spice, burnt sugar, and toffee. The meagre fruit on the nose is dried and very sweet. The palate has a somewhat medicinal tinge to it, and the sweetness seems to transcend the traditional sercial-verdelho-bual-malvasia scale: this is much sweeter than I imagined it'd be. Very dark, rich, and complex, and perhaps just a little bit out of place today on this warm December day, the remainder of the bottle will be jealously guarded for when the weather turns colder.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Roy Hersh
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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/12/2012 (link) 95 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva) Medium dark brown color with yellow meniscus; roasted nuts, walnut, sweet roast coffee nose; tasty, vaguely salty, tart lemon, very tart orange palate with high acidity; very long finish 95+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011 (link) 94 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva) Dark brown color with yellow meniscus; unusual, deep, salty, fresh baked pretzel, dried kelp, light iodine, Brazil nut, curry powder nose; tasty, deep, intense, complex, powerful salty, iodine, dried kelp, tart baked orange palate, reminiscent of an aged Marco De Bartoli Marsala; very long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/7/2007 (link) 94 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva) Dark brown color with a little cloudiness; soft, light caramel, tea and mushroom nose with a little acetone; gorgeous, charming sweet tea and lemony acid palate with a root beer or horehound candy note; long warming finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1912
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Verdelho
  • Designation Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 10 (5%)
  • In Cellars 141 (72%)
  • Consumed 46 (23%)

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