White - Fortified

1969 D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
Drink between 2012 - 2039 (Edit)
CT92 15 reviews
Label borrowed from 1937
Label borrowed from 1937
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    December 25, 2016 - Wines for Christmas Goose (San Francisco): Amber. Off dry, nutty, long, and salty. Excellent bottle.

  • DoubleMagnum Likes this wine: (93 points)

    September 24, 2016 - Finally finished this three months after I popped this. It is unbelievable how Madeira comes together after a few months. I would say it actually improves with time open. The acid is tamed weeks later and its sweetness is popping. A very nutty madeira. This is the second time this bottle and I'd love to have it again.

  • salil wrote: (92 points)

    November 19, 2015 - Last pour from a bottle that I'd been slowly following over a couple of months. This has really changed from the first few sips I had, when it was all screechy acid. Now the acidity's much better integrated into the wine, and there's a remarkable array of savoury flavours here - tobacco, leather, and roasted nuts, augmented by sweeter molasses and dried fruit notes. Incredibly complex and long. I definitely need to buy more Madeira.

  • Anonymous wrote: (91 points)

    October 3, 2015 - Iberian Wine Dinner (Milford, CT): A Sercial for those who really love Sercial. A sharp, lean, high-toned, wine with nut skins, lemons and a touch of varnish. Medium length with a tangy finish of granny smith apples in toffee. I enjoyed this, but the enamel-stripping acidity may not be for everyone.

  • salil wrote: (91 points)

    October 3, 2015 - Iberian dinner (Milford, CT): Holy crap, the acidity on this one. A really high toned, piercing nose with cardamom, fennel seed, molasses, roasted nuts, and coffee notes, but it comes across almost dry on the palate with tart citrus and figgy fruit and nutty flavours lifted by powerful acidity. Really curious to see how this bottle develops with more time/air, but it's compelling stuff, though not as pleasurable as the Verdelho.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/12/2012 (link) 91 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva) Light medium orange color with golden lights; saffron honey, roasted almond nose; light roasted almond, saffron, tart honey palate; long finish 91+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011 (link) 91 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva) Medium orange red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; baked lemon, lemon tajine, tart orange nose; tasty, poised, tart baked lemon, lemon tajine, light brine palate with medium-plus acidity; very long finish 91+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1969
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Sercial
  • Designation Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 63 (66%)
  • Consumed 32 (34%)

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