December 28, 2019 - Innfridde. Men litt tammere - og spedere - i smaken enn jeg husker fra forrige gang.
May 4, 2019 - Halvfyldig. Lite syre. Kan nesten drikkes uten mat.
February 16, 2019 - Rød med noe brunt i kanten. Lukt av modne moreller og plommer. Relativ lett. Mye syre. Røde bær. Rips. Sitron og nesten litt bitter. Fortsatt litt tanniner. Litt mer fylde og litt bedre når den ble varmere. En greit vin, men ikke noe mer.
January 20, 2019 - Dekantert. Moden nese med tørkede urter, lær og tobakk. Behagelig å lukte på. Bløt og moden frukt i munnen. Pen syrlighet. Slank. God lengde. Pen modning til pen pris. Kun 11 % ABV. Basislistet.
December 3, 2018 - Elegant, developed. Light color and lean taset for a portuguese wine. More like a burgundy.
August 12, 2018 - 11% alcohol. Tasted blind.
Translucent, luminous raspberry red color that retains still a hint of youthful hue. The color seems to fade away towards the rim, turning pale brick orange. The nose feels sweet-toned, somewhat developed and quite attractive with aromas of wizened dark forest fruits, some leathery tones, a little bit of sweet volatile lift, light raisiny character, a hint of tar and a touch of animal funk. The nose feels pleasantly unpolished and rustic, yet still very sophisticated and very nuanced. The wine is bone-dry, rather light-to-medium-bodied and pretty tough on the palate with tangy flavors of tart lingonberry juice, sour cherries, some leathery tones, slightly sweeter notes of dried dark fruits, a little bit of stny minerality, a hint of raisins and a touch of pipe tobacco. The wine is high to very high in acidity with medium tannins that pile up slowly on the gums. The finish is bone-dry, somewhat grippy and quite tangy with very long, complex and somewhat tough flavors of lingonberries, sour cherry bitterness, some crunchy cranberries, a little bit of astringent chokeberry character, subtly lifted notes of VA, a hint of stony minerality and a touch of sappy greenness. The high acidity makes the wine end on a mouthwatering note.
A fine, harmonious and thoroughly classic Colares that at almost 20 years of age still feels remarkably youthful, almost backward and in dire need of further aging. Due to its light nature, obviously low alcohol and lack of sweet fruit, I thought it was a Coteaux Champenois Rouge - perhaps 2006 or even 2008 - with some maceration that would explain the moderately grippy nature of the wine. The cool climate of Champagne could've explained the high acidity, sappy tart fruit and light body. Well, this was from a relatively cool region, yes, but from A LOT more southern latitudes (truth be told, I actually guessed Colares after a few hints). No-one ventured any guesses around 2000's, which serves as a testament to the aging capability of these wines. Most likely this wine won't be peaking until 15-20 years from now and - based on my experience with the Colares wines - this will keep for a century. I can imagine not a lot of people "get" this kind of low-alcohol, high-acidity, bone-dry, tannic and austere style of wine, but for me, drinking these is always a pleasure. Highly recommended.