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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer QUINTA DOS ACIPRESTES
How far has Portugal come. Here is an elegant, extremely well-made Douro red that offers great drinking value. This still youthful 2017 is a very classy blend of 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Touriga Franca that was aged for 12 months in French oak (50% new). Very deep intense ruby-purple colour. Attractive, intense, slightly spicy, gently cedary, warm ripe, plum-cherry-cassis nose with some mineral notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, fairly dense, intense, ripe plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, bright, cedar-tinged finish. It has 14% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number LD19150 on the back label. The recommended 2013 was released on October 15, 2016 at $22.95. CSPC 167627
Type Red Table Wine
Agent HHD Imp
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Rating ***(91 points)
Dense, Elegant, Ripe, Harmonious
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: The 2017 Reserva (Quinta dos Aciprestes), in bottle for a month or so when seen, is a 60/40 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Compared to the regular Tinto, this adds some generosity, but it is still tightly wound and beautifully structured. Never jammy, while showing fine fruit and concentration, this is built to age. Refined, round, but very serious and carefully crafted, this is pretty terrific. It's an even better value. The Grande Reserva doubles the price and is better, but it might not add enough extra to justify that doubled price. They will separate more as they age, but bargain hunters take note in the meanwhile. You can drink it now, but it will be better in a few years. Drink date: 2020-2037. Score - 92 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2019) Price $ 24.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - July 10, 2021
Cases bought 280 (6 bottles per case)

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