White - Fortified

1973 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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CT91.5 2 reviews
Label borrowed from 1988
Label borrowed from 1988
Label borrowed from 1912
Label borrowed from 1912
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Community Tasting Notes 2

  • forceberry wrote: (91 points)

    May 8, 2017 - Bottled in 2017, after 44 years in cask.

    Luminous copper color. Somewhat sweet and surprisingly subtle nose with layered aromas of orange zest and dried bitter orange peel, sun-baked stones, roasted nuts, oxidative caramel character, some dry and spicy maple syrup, a hint of strawberry jam and a touch of cloudberry. Oily and full-bodied on the palate with moderately high and lively acidity. Semi-dry to semi-sweet flavors of syrup, peanut butter, bruised apple, sweet nutty oxidation, some peppery spice and a hint of tangy lemon juice. Alcohol doesn't feel that well-integrated, but instead giving the wine a rather sharp and hot overall touch. The finish is really long and very spicy with quite powerful flavors of dry nutty oxidation and woody tones, some smoke and a hint of lemony citrus fruits. The finish is very tightly-knit, spicy and really dry compared to the sweeter midpalate.

    Despite its over 40 years of age, the wine feels still remarkably young, fresh - and somewhat unintegrated. The alcohol sticks out a bit and the flavors aren't really as smooth, layered and harmonious as those in older Madeiras. This is really good stuff and a wine I'd drink any time any day without a question, but still also a wine that is in dire need of more age. Great stuff, but still far from the greatest examples of Madeira.

  • aagrawal wrote: (92 points)

    January 23, 2016 - Dinner (Quince, San Francisco): Color is deep caramel; nose is aromatic, raisins, caramel, spicy smoke, nutmeg, coffee; palate is off-dry, high acid, caramel, chocolate; long finish. 92

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1973
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Verdelho
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (2%)
  • In Cellars 40 (77%)
  • Consumed 11 (21%)

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