White - Fortified

1890 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • rsbeck wrote: (98 points)

    March 29, 2014 - Popped well in advance of the tasting in Sunnyvale with Eric Ifune, who generously donated this bottle. Ineffable. That's my word for this wine. To describe it in words would be an injustice. I can still taste it days later. What do you call that, a 72 hour finish? Incredible. That's my other word. 98+

  • aagrawal wrote: (98 points)

    March 22, 2014 - Madeira with Eric Ifune (Sunnyvale, CA): Darkest of the bunch, deep burnt caramel; incredible nose with burnt orange flavor, caramelized, citrus, lemon, toffee; palate is full bodied, wow palate with fabulous acidity, citrus and orange fruit, very clean, constantly evolving flavor, wonderful, wonderful nose; very long persistent finish. 98-99

  • Christer Byklum wrote: (97 points)

    February 12, 2012 - 1890 D'Oliveiras Verdelho;
    Amber with orange rim. Almost floral nose, tender, caressing, citrus, lovely nose. High and lively acidity, very refreshing, nuanced and layered. A bit more secretive style, mouthwatering, very elegant, sublime texture, stunning wine. 97

  • dcwino wrote: (90 points)

    February 1, 2012 - This has excessive VA even for a Madeira. Coffee, toffee, prunes, molasses, caramel and allspice. It is a deeply toned wine. Exceptional concentration and unctuous. VA plus nail varnish makes the wine too volatile. Also the palate is too acidic even for a Madeira. Perhaps three or four days of decanting could have helped.

  • Anonymous wrote: (91 points)

    March 10, 2007 - Madeira @ The Caucus Room (Washington DC): Round, soft and a bit on the sweeter side for Verdelho. Nice flavors of cocoa, coffee, caramel and spice. Nice wine, but falls a bit short on acid for me. VERY GOOD.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2010 (link) 95 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva) Medium dark brown color with medium yellow meniscus; some reduction, bottle stink, baked lemon, roast coffee, walnut, nut paste, toffee nose; rich, tart lemon tea, tart orange, lemon marmalade, nut skin palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1890
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Verdelho
  • Designation Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

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  • In Cellars 10 (77%)
  • Consumed 3 (23%)

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