34% Touriga Nacional, 33% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 33% Tinta da Barca; 14% ABV
$10 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 23 July
On 29 July, 5-Star Bar posted the following in What’s New:
Tried the 2008 Aguia Moura em Vinhas Velhas Douro Reserva
Translation: 2008 Moorish Eagle Old Vines Douro Reserve (aged 12 months in Oak)
This wine is, quite simply, “da’ bomb”. Best Portuguese dry red I’ve tried (though admittedly haven’t tried all that many, <20 lifetime).
Reminiscent of a Portuguese version of a Rhone style GSM blend and packaged in a similarly shaped, very substantial high quality bottle with a broad punt (dimple) on the bottom. Shows its best on the first night, immediately upon opening, so I recommend drinking up with friends and family on Day 1. Peak drinkability now, though might still age well for a few years more. Still good on the second evening, though a bit more on the tart side which should please fans of European styled wines (think Cranberry, Leather) just fine. Big thumbs up and a fine QPR/value
While I agree with this description, I wasn’t as fond of it. Although it was hearty and full-bodied and had tasty, earthy, flavors of red and purple plum, purple cherry, some mulberry and darker fig, I found it rather coarse and even a little abrasive. It was fine, but to me it was quite poorly integrated, and I couldn’t really get into it. Now for the disclaimers. First, 5SB said it’s best right out of the bottle; I assumed it would need at least an hour of air in a decanter, and didn’t even try it until after that. Second, it strikes me as the sort of wine (a little older, in a more individually crafted style) that could show a bit of bottle variation. Although it’s probably long gone by now, does anyone have any experiences with this wine to share?