White - Fortified

1862 D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
Drink between 2010 - 2023 (Edit)
CT92.4 7 reviews
Label borrowed from 1875
Label borrowed from 1937
Label borrowed from 1937
Label borrowed from 1937
Label borrowed from 1969
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • fournet Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 9, 2016 - Consistent with Sercial style of Madeira. As long of a finish as I ever recall in a Sercial. Decanted for four days before drinking; amazing nose.

  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: 94 points

    February 2, 2016 - Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Whoa, this is an extreme wine. Smells like candle wax, honey, dried hay, chamomile tea and cigar smoke. Bright and tangy with some significant volatile acidity showing, but the other flavors peek through and expose notes of ginger, grapefruit rind, sea brine and crushed shells. Amazing to taste a Sercial this old, as I love the flavors of Sercial in all its iterations. This is one of the weirdest and interesting examples.

  • ove_stammrud wrote:

    January 1, 2014 - Første glass gir en elegant og eksotisk duft av pasjonsfrukt, tørket frukt, knekk, karamell og sitrus streif. Kompleks, sammensatt og fantastisk balansert i munn. Ord blir fattige i alle nyansene som dukker opp her og fokuset blir å nyte vinen fremfor og vie smaksnoteringen den oppmerksomheten den krever. Ettersmaken drar ut i flere lengder og sitter i munn flere minutter etterpå. Harmonisk vin med særpreg og karakter.

  • Eric wrote:

    January 7, 2007 - Roy Hersh's Majestic Madeira Extravaganza (Seattle, WA): Slightly cloudy. A piquant nose with pickled capers and some VA. Wow, this is getting much more expressive and floral. Mmm, salt and limes, very dry. Lots of acid on the mouthwatering finish with lime and citrus dominating. This is very refreshing and intense, a true "laser" of a wine. There is a slightly bitter note of peanut skin on the finish. Of the two Sercials, this was my preferred wine, as I found it to be more consistent and harmonious.

  • Anonymous wrote: 86 points

    October 6, 1999 - Madeira @ Patroon (NYC): Light tawny brown, but with a hint of green on the rim. The added age on this wine gave it a more complex flavor profile, with walnuts and truffles added to the mix. Slightly less acidity than the previous wine. Intense on the palate, but the finish was a bit awkward. A bit too smokey, oaky and astringent. Despite the fact that Madeira can spend decades (even centuries) in oak, I normally don’t get any woody flavors (it manifests itself more as caramel, coffee, and molasses). But this wine was a bit of an exception. Good.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2010 (link) 96 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva) Medium dark amber brown color with golden lights and clear meniscus; buttery, light rum butter, VA, almond nose; rich, toasty, light caramel, nuts, very tart apricot, roast coffee palate with lemon acidity; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/7/2007 (link) 93 points

    (D'Oliveiras Madeira Sercial Reserva) Dark orange color, and a bit cloudy; soft, sweet orange and light caramel nose; lovely dry, super tart entry with a notion of tart orange, lime, tea and chalk on the very focused palate, with earthy edges (Peter described them as "ashy"); long finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1862
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Sercial
  • Designation Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

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  • In Cellars 32 (74%)
  • Consumed 11 (26%)

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