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DOURO RED 2015 DOP Douro
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer QUADRUS
A REPEAT of the recommended best buy 2015 (***) that was released on July 10, 2021 at $22.95. Assessed from a bottle of the new shipment just purchased at the LCBO. This well-made fairly hefty 2015 has a very deep intense purple colour and an intense, rather complex, opulent, plummy-dark-cherry-cassis nose with some sandalwood-cedar notes. Itís dry, medium-full bodied and well structured with ripe, intense, Damson plum, black cherry and cassis flavours with a slight hint of garrigue along with fairly robust sandalwood-cedar notes on the lingering harmonious finish. Quite extracty with fine mouthfeel - especially for a mere $22.95. This blend of 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz and 15% Sousao has 14% alcohol and 4 g/L residual sugar with lot number L-MVQT15 on the back label. CSPC 440305
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Hal Ent
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Rating ***(92 points)
Ripe, Dense, Harmonious
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: From vineyards in the heart of the Douro's historic Cima Corgo, and selected by Toronto restaurateur Tony Amaro of Opus Restaurant, this is the finest vintage yet of Quadrus to reach our shores. It's a blend of classic Douro varieties with just over half touriga nacional, 30% tinta roriz, and 15% of the dark-juiced sous„o adding to the deep purple colour. The nose is a riot of ripe black and blue fruit with marked violet florality, pure and unencumbered by wood influence. The palate is broad, balanced and fleshy with more of that pure, clean, ripe dark fruit and supple, lightly grainy tannins fully enmeshed in fruit extract. Succulent acids frame and shape the ensemble admirably. It's delicious now, but at the slow rate it seems to be evolving - showing very few signs of evolution 5 years in - I suspect this will sit comfortably in the cellar for a few years while gaining in savoury complexity. Hard to resist now, however. Score - 91 (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, July 13, 2021) Price $ 22.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 13, 2021
Cases bought 594 (12 bottles per case)

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