White - Fortified

1912 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva

Verdelho

  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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Community Tasting Notes 22

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • acidqueen wrote: (95 points)

    September 17, 2015 - golden caramel color with green edges. I have had this bottle open since July 2014 (14 months) so it is really as open as you could ask for. Fine, mildly sweet, good balance and lift. Fig, salted caramel, egg yolk richness without any weight. Lovely.
    Note: This particular one was bottled in 2008

  • Humpymac wrote:

    September 27, 2013 - Was not what I expected. Was a very green, young feeling wine. Did not taste old nor smooth. Even considered the possibility of counterfeit. I concluded that this is the way it was supposed to taste and simply not my style. In the past, a 100 yr old wine was rich smooth and powerful, likely a different style.

  • w9oh wrote: (94 points)

    July 5, 2013 - This wine was cooked and oxidized!

    Par for the course - about what i expected. There's an exotic edge here and it's really fresh, not as cloying as Bual or Malmsey. Got better after an hour, can't wait a month or two to see where it's at.

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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 8 (5%)
  • In Cellars 105 (69%)
  • Consumed 39 (26%)

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