sexta-feira, 8 de abril de 2011

Os 23 melhores vinhos tintos (não fortificados) de Portugal - safras 2007/2008 (Wine Spectator)

Chegou a vez de conhecer os melhores vinhos de Portugal das safras de 2007/2008 na avaliação da Wine Spectator, feita pelo editor Kim Marcus. Compare com a lista equivalente da Wine Advocate e veja as semelhanças e algumas disparidades. Acesse a lista de Parker aqui!

Quinta do Crasto Douro Vinha da Ponte 2007 96 $155
Very rich and balanced, with a deep well of dark plum, kirsch and spiced cherry flavors joined by decadent Asian spice and mocha notes. This shows plenty of grip on the finish, which lingers with cocoa powder and cream. Drink now through 2017. 70 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Vallado Douro Reserva 2007 96 $65
Rich, powerful and finely crafted, this Portuguese red delivers layers of concentrated red plum, currant, blueberry and kirsch flavors. Silky tannins knit it seamlessly together. The elegant, refined finish is filled with mineral, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2016. 2,056 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Crasto Douro Vinha Maria Teresa 2007 95 $159
Very creamy, ripe and rich, with a mouthwatering array of kirsch, raspberry tart and dark plum flavors. This has silky tannins, with a finish that's powered by dark chocolate, white pepper and plenty of fresh acidity. Hard to resist. Drink now through 2016. 75 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Noval Douro 2007 95 $75
Displays intense aromas of red plum and dark cherry, with finely chiseled flavors to match that are joined by briary notes and hints of mint, savory herb and Asian spice. The long, lush and powerful finish is quite creamy. An elegant red. Drink now through 2016. 100 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro 2007 95 $77
This powerful red delivers concentrated flavors of dark plum, Asian spice, roasted meats and dark chocolate that are backed up by fine acidity. Medium-grained tannins are silky, and the finish is rich, with concentrated notes of dark chocolate, mocha and cream. Best from 2012 through 2018. 200 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro 2008 95 $70
Very fresh and pure-tasting, displaying a minerally essence to the concentrated dark plum, cassis and dark cherry flavors that are broad, dense and rich. Medium-grained tannins emerge with plenty of fresh acidity. The balanced finish features mocha and spice, with hints of chocolate. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2008 95 $55
Powerful and concentrated, boasting medium-grained tannins that support the dense plum and berry flavors, which feature plenty of ferrous, minerally notes. Mocha and spice linger on the long finish. Very well-crafted, finely balanced and pure-tasting. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2020. 2,188 cases made. –KM

CARM Douro Reserva 2007 94 $27
An elegant and powerful red, with intense aromas and flavors of red berry, smoke, raspberry and spice that are supported by well-integrated tannins, with plenty of structure. Very Burgundian in style, with a focused finish of crushed red fruits and fig. Just a baby. Best from 2012 through 2017. 8,500 cases made. –KM

Poeira Douro 2007 94 $41
A powerful red, with a strong mineral band cutting through the dark plum and blackberry flavors. There's plenty of elegance as well, with fresh acidity and a rich, chewy finish of dark chocolate and mint. Drink now through 2017. –KM

Quinta da Romaneira Douro 2007 94 $52
Offers a refined mix of meat, spice and fruit flavors that are seamlessly woven together. Fine-grained tannins and plenty of Asian spice notes are also on display. The finish is smoky, seductive and juicy. Drink now through 2015. 40 cases imported. –KM

Quinta da Romaneira Douro Reserva 2008 94 $85
A dense, powerful red from Portugal, offering a smoky nature to the ripe flavors of blackberry, dark plum pudding and fig. There's plenty of mincemeat in this as well, with a muscular finish of mocha and spice. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2018. 25 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2007 94 $60
Dense and concentrated flavors of wild plum, meat, kirsch and tobacco leaf fill this powerful red, with fine-grained tannins on the exuberantly fruity yet balanced finish. Mineral notes linger with plenty of chocolate overtones. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,125 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Vallado Douro Reserva Field Blend 2008 94 $60
A refined red, bursting with focused raspberry, red plum, currant and cherry pie flavors. Very suave and balanced, with a supple finish of mocha and chocolate that is backed up by silky tannins and enhanced by a rich creaminess. Drink now through 2018. 1,317 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Vesuvio Douro 2007 94 $75
A powerful, full-bodied red from Portugal, oozing with kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry flavors that are flanked by concentrated dark chocolate, bourbon and tobacco leaf flavors. The long finish features rich spice and smoke notes. Tempting now. Best from 2010 through 2015. 1,000 cases made. –KM

Churchill Douro Grande Reserva 2008 93 $NA
Inky black, boasting layers of dark fruit and spice flavors, including cassis, dark plum and baked dark cherry, with plenty of dark chocolate notes as well. The finish drips with mocha, dark fig and licorice notes. Not imported into the U.S. at this time. Best from 2015 through 2020. 1,000 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2007 93 $48
This has a complex array of red and dark fruit flavors, led by blueberry, kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry. Very plush midpalate, with an elegant, caressing finish of spice, mocha and cream. Drink now through 2017. 750 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2008 93 $46
A solid core of savory spice and leaf notes provides a supple overlay to the flavors of dried berry and smoke. The deft finish lingers, with touches of cream and vanilla as well as plenty of cocoa powder notes. Very elegant and suave. Drink now through 2017. 1,700 cases imported. –KM

Lemos & Van Zeller Douro Quinta Vale D. Maria 2007 93 $51
An elegant, finely crafted red, with bright, concentrated raspberry and red plum flavors, with accents of sandalwood and Asian spice. Fresh acidity and lively tannins power the long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,958 cases made. –KM

J. & F. Lurton Douro Quinta Beira 2008 93 $90
Elegant and powerful, displaying well-defined red berry and dried cherry flavors, with plenty of cigar box and savory herb notes. Intense dark chocolate notes fill the finish. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases imported. –KM

Quinta do Passadouro Douro Reserva 2007 93 $70
Refined and powerful, with pure, concentrated flavors of plum, berry and mineral, which glide seamlessly into a full-bore finish of iron, smoke and Asian spice. Shows impressive focus, balance and structure. Drink now through 2015. 50 cases imported. –KM

Prats & Symington Douro Chryseia 2007 93 $70
Pure and brambly, showing fresh, up-front aromas of raspberry and plum, with flavors to match. There's a well-defined minerally essence to this, followed by a long finish of vanilla and cream, with hints of French roast. Drink now through 2014. 2,965 cases made. –KM

Quinta do Vallado Douro 2007 93 $19
This powerful and refined red delivers concentrated flavors of plum, dried cherry and spice. Offers a fine texture, with plenty of savory herbal notes, followed by a long, olive- and smoke-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 15,833 cases made. –KM

Wine & Soul Douro Pintas 2008 93 $95
This pure-tasting and powerful red is juicy and well-structured, with plenty of iron and brick overtones to the dark fruit flavors. The muscular finish features dark chocolate and mocha, with minerally notes. Drink now through 2020. 458 cases made. –KM
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