Perched above the Dão river that snakes its way through granite valleys, the Adega de Penalva is one of the leading cooperatives in the area. The group boasts around a thousand member growers, but it’s important to note that the average holding per member amounts to barely over a hectare. From these small plots they craft simple but delicious wines with a real sense of place. This wine is 40% Encruzado, with 30% Malvasia and 30% Cerceal, hand-harvested, fully destemmed and fermented and raised in stainless steel. — 2 months ago
Vintage 2006 / made from #Grenache #Syrah #Mourvedre with 12 months on new oak barrels. Nice smell that gives more with aeration: spicy, impression of plums and chocolate. Smooth taste with good balance. Les vignerons de Roquemaure near Avignon are one of the impressive ‘cooperatives’ in France. — 2 years ago
As the summer is slipping out of our hands, its time to to pop those complex reds that we’ve been lastning for. Produttori del Barbaresco is considered one of the best cooperatives in the world and its 2016 Barbaresco is a solid proof of that statement.
Restrained at first and needs a couple of hours in the decanter to reach its climax. True to its provenance its clasically crafted, and puts up complex profile of red cherries, rose hip, strawberries, spice, bitter orange and a volatile dried floral lift over a canvas of wet soil.
An offensive approach on the palate with a high acidity and a generous portion of mouth coating tannins that is well accompanied by a pronounced fruit profile with an evolving finish. Very good indeed, but is a couple of level behind to reach the higher tiers. — 2 months ago
A quality sweet wine. Ideally paired with desserts and fruit. — a year ago
Nice Muscat. Not quite living up to Sauternes style dessert wine but dark fig flavor was still good — 4 years ago
Deep sweet taste, great smell .
— 2 months ago
Fantastic!!! — a year ago
Dry, aromatik, bukeli — 2 years ago
Sampled at Noval's tasting room in Porto, the Noval 'Quarenta Anos' 40 Year Old Tawny is translucent and brickish, replete with developed notes of dates, Dalmatia fig spread, dried apples, aged leather, and warm wicker. In the mouth it's viscous and full, more so than Noval's Colheita, it's the acidity that really brings this Port to life, an arching spine that penetrates through layers of oxidized fruit notes and finely polished tannins. On the finish, dried Zante currants, nut skins. Allspice. 21.5% ABV | Sample — 4 years ago