White - Fortified

1850 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho

Verdelho

  • Portugal
  • Madeira
Drink between 2018 - 2100 (Edit)
CT99 2 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 2

  • BordeauxBuff Likes this wine: 99 points

    March 1, 2017 - Tasted at the winery in downtown Funchal. The 1850 was the highlight of my tasting (tasted through 34 different wines from the estate).

    The 1850 Verdelho is an ethereal wine. At first sip, the wine was completely shut down (disappointed), but I had the pleasure of slowly sipping this golden brown elixir for over 2 hours. And it continued to "wow" me with every small sip that I took. This beauty kept on getting better and better in the glass. What a fascinating journey and exploration this was.

    The wine continued to evolve and show great secondary and tiertiary characteristics of fine, old, Verdelho; toffee, caramel, candied lemon, tobacco, marzipan.

    The finish of this wine lingered for minutes. Yes, you are drinking history. And it's absolutely worth it, if you can track down a bottle. I cannot wait to open up my bottles and home and will be sure to follow up with my notes back in the U.S.

    The best Madeira that I've ever had...its a tie with the 1839 Acciaioly Verdelho; the two greatest Madeira's I've ever tasted.

  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: 99 points

    February 4, 2016 - Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): It's so difficult to wrap my head around an historic wine like this. First of all, it's an intellectually fascinating experience, which evokes dreams of centuries past. I won't claim to be able to separate the historical significance of the wine from the sensory experience of tasting the wine. But, tasting the wine itself is one of the most amazing experiences in my wine lifetime. I'll attempt to describe this thing. First off, it still has fruit on the nose, kind of like quince paste and preserved lemon, but I get complex elements of clove, old furniture shop, cigar smoke and wood varnish. On the palate, this wine shows a pleasant bitterness, while the sweetness balances perfectly with the high acidity. One flavor evolves into another, and into another, and then back again, like a blissful circle. I'll throw some words at a few of these flavors: caramel, varnished wood, cigar box, candle wax, leather, sea salt, yellow raisins, candied lemon peel, old library books, sweet floral potpourri, spiced tea. The complexity is ridiculous. So, this is an incredible intellectual experience in and of itself, but the aromas and flavors of this wine are ethereal. Perhaps the best thing to ever grace my palate.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1850
  • 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 (5%)
  • In Cellars 16 (80%)
  • Consumed 3 (15%)

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