quinta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2012

Seleção dos 12 melhores vinhos tintos de Portugal (Decanter Magazine)

Portugal vem se destacando no mundo dos vinhos muito além de seu emblemático Vinho do Porto, com tintos e brancos de grande expressão. Analisando estes novos vinhos de Portugal, a revista Decanter acaba de publicar a seleção dos 20 melhores, na avaliação do expert Tom Cannavan.

Conheça os 12 melhores tintos que ficaram "empatados" com 18 pontos:

Lavradores de Feitoria, Meruge, Douro 2008
Slightly less ripe aromatics but there’s a smoky, earthy, mineral edge to the fruit. Sultry, soft strawberry and redcurrant palate and silky, coffee bean oak and sweet, supple tannins add polish. 18pts/20

Herdade do Mouchão, Mouchão, Alentejo 2006
Delicious fruit, with enveloping chocolate tones, the smoky and gamey notes of the Alicante Bouschet playing against hints of herbal character. Fleshy substance, but longevity too. 18pts/20

Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, Marias da Malhadinha, Alentejo 2007
Big, creamy, ripe cassis fruit nose and the incense and gamey, earthy notes are deliciously complex. Rich, thick, sweet fruit with creamy density, yet elegant. 18pts/20

Niepoort, Batuta, Douro 2008
From north-facing vineyards, this is cedary, with dried herbs, fragrant spice and cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate has beautiful juiciness and creaminess with unforced purity. 18pts/20

Prats & Symington, Chryseia, Douro 2008
Fragrant sandalwood and fresh red and black fruits, with schisty minerality too. No meatiness or earthiness to this wine, which is plush but beautifully pitched. 18pts/20

Quinta da Falorca, Lagar Reserva, Dão 2004
Expressive, almost eucalyptus top note to cassis and mint, with a charry background. The palate has impressive ripeness, the cappuccino silkiness of the oak adding creaminess to blackcurrant pastille fruit. 18pts/20

Quinta do Infantado, Reserva, Douro 2008
A muscular density that suggests some serious concentration. Tight, ashy, tannic structure too – there’s a sinewy, meaty richness that takes no prisoners. Massive. 18pts/20

Quinta do Poeira, Poeira, Douro 2008
Bloody, meaty nose with depth and presence. Strawberry flavours, with a briary note, harmony and length. 18pts/20

Quinta do Vale Meão, Douro 2008
Impressively dark nose, with plush fruit and a bold, liquorice richness. The palate has delicious juiciness and intensity, fine tannins and punchy acidity. 18pts/20

Rui Reguinga, Terrenus Reserva, Alentejo 2007
A barrel selection from two of the best vineyards, this has a sweet balsamic nose, but is subtly layered with a touch of mint leaf and caraway seed. Sophisticated, lean, sinewy palate that is elegant. 18pts/20

Solar dos Lobos, Grande Escolha, Alentejo 2008
Hugely intense, with a blood-streaked concentration of red fruits, the violet lift and graphite minerality just easing the impression of impenetrability. Serious and chewy stuff. 18pts/20

Wine & Soul, Pintas, Douro 2008
Really elegant lift to the fruit and very fragrant incense-like oak. Lovely sweetness on the palate, with magical brightness to the acidity and very firm tannin structure. Tight, ripe density. 18pts/20 
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