Ungrafted ramisco (?). Astonishing color, yes some clarity at the rim, a thin margin of bricking and then dark black with red glints. Tannins fully resolved, bit of wood tannin came in and out on the mid-palate. Very pure purple fruits, balsamic, and a saline edge on the entry. Buy all you can. — 2 months ago
Collares 1969 — 7 years ago
A unicorn wine presents a unicorn experience. First, all hail the Ramisco varietal, explained to me as singular to this area of Portugal and soon to be extinct given the level of building development there. From the label: “the Colares wine región was defined in 1908. The vineyards are planted in the dunes between the hills of sintra and the Atlantic Ocean “. The nose alone is worth the price of admission: vibrates with intensity, red fruits, cut flowers. And this was after drinking an intensely vibrant Syrah by Herve Souhaut!
Taste is somewhere between a medium bodied Rioja and a deep Mercia from Ribera Sacra, minus any traces of barrel aging. Utterly seductive mouthfeel, not unctuous or cloying, almost chewy. An intense pitch of acidity higher up on the register ( hence the Ribera analogy). 38$ for a 500ml bottle. A reminder why sharing wines like these with your homeboys is the only way to live. — a year ago