Jeroboam Club Tasting: Wines of Portugal

130 Cheltenham Road, Bristol

Tasted February 20, 2008 by wineamateur with 776 views

Introduction

A splendid evening of interesting wines, excellent company, and good tapas. Some tasty bottles on show - a couple with the potential to be very special in a few more years time. Overall, though, I wasn't blown away and some wines were below the quality I'd expect at the price point.

Flight 1 - Whites (2 notes)

White
2005 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado Portugal, Beiras, Dão
87 points
Very pale gold. Nice nutty and floral nose with elderflower, lemon, pear and marzipan. Attractive on the palate, medium bodied, good fruit; hint of oxidisation but freshened with well-integrated acidity. Offers nice drinking now - good as an aperitif or with food.
White
2006 Niepoort Douro Redoma Branco Portugal, Douro
80 points
Very pale white gold. Toasty, yeasty, bread dough on the nose, with pear drops and lemon. Oaky but yet lean. Very oaky on the palate, masking the fruit, a rather oily finish. Will the oak ever integrate? Not for me.

Flight 2 - Reds (10 notes)

Red
2004 Herdade de São Miguel Reserva Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano
84 points
Deep plum red, garnet. Edgy green-tinged fruit but seductively silky with creamy oak. Beefy, meaty, peppery tastes in the mouth; liqourice too; unusual; medium-full bodied; dry tannins; a slightly bitter finish. Better on the nose than the palate. Not sure this will ever develop sweet fruit to balance the tannins.
Red
2001 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo
86 points
Deep plum. Slightly stinky, overripe fruit and cabbage on the nose, and a bit plasticky. Better in the mouth, with a firm initial hit; prominent acidity and tannin; falls away in the rear-palate before leaving a nice meaty finish. Unusual wine, drinking well, characterful.
Red
2000 Quinta do Carmo Vinho Regional Alentejano Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano
85 points
Deep plum ruby colour. Creamy oak on the nose, with raspberry ripple icecream, but also some smokey, gamey and leather notes. Forward. But unassertive on the palate, lacks grip. Slips down well with a reaonable finish. Perfectly pleasant, inoffensive, nice enough but lacks character. A middle of the road wine, AOR, REO Speedwagon.
Red
2003 Luis Pato Vinha Velha Vinha Barrosa Portugal, Beiras, Vinho Regional Beiras
89 points
Dark plum in colour. Edgy green-tinged fruit, plums, spicey, orange peel. Spicy fruit on the palate - sour plums - and good acidity, with muddy and peppery tannins. Unusual, a bit rustic, but rather more-ish. Good now.
Red
1999 Casa de Saima Bairrada Reserva Portugal, Beiras, Bairrada
flawed
Stinky, bretty nose, VA on palate, unattractive
Red
2005 Quinta do Vale Meão Douro Meandro Portugal, Douro
89 points
Dark inky purple-black. Serious nose of cassis, plums, blueberry and vanilla; clove spice and pepper. Youthful and rather closed on the palate, but a good mouthfeel and structure; dry tannins. Impressive, promising but needs time. VG potential.
Red
2005 Quinta do Passadouro Douro Passadouro Portugal, Douro
90 points
Dark inky purple black. Sweet cassis, vanilla nose; spicey with clove and orange peel; redcurrants and josterberries; a hint of slightly musty old wood. On the palate: smokey, dry, austere but with some sweet, creamy, (perhaps over-extracted) fruit. Good lead pencils backbone. Tarry. Nice but unusual, with some musty, woody, bitterish notes.
Red
2004 Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Meruge Portugal, Douro
88 points
Deep dark ruby. Cola bottle sweets aroma, with creamy raspberry. Very modern styled. Creamy, sweet, attractive fruit on the palate, but lacks a bit of grip and character. Nice enough in an international style.
Red
2003 Quinta da Terra Feita de Cima Douro Poeria Portugal, Douro
91 points
Deep inky blackish purple. Slightly stinky on the nose at first, but blowing off to show creamy raspberry and dark stone fruit and liqourice. Mouthfilling, with good grip and acidity; good structure and good fruit - tannin - acidity balance. Nice smokey sweet finish. Tasty. Just hitting its stride now, with the potential to be even better.
Red
2001 Quinta de la Rosa Douro Reserva Portugal, Douro
92 points
Deep dark plum. Sweet and smokey on the nose, gamey, reminiscent of smoked ribs. Cassis and plum fruit. Liquorice. More smoke. Sweet fruit fills the mouth; VG grip through the mouth; strong finish; very flavoursome. A tad rustic, but very flavoursome. A big wine in its early maturity. (But would you want to drink more than one glass?)
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