Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind.
This was really faded and light in appearance. Lot of sediment. I guessed late ‘70s/early ‘80s port. More guessed early ‘70s. It tasted older than it was, actually. Old graham cracker, cocoa dusted dates, licorice and old, candied blackberries. Dusty. — 14 days ago
LBVs usually aged in wood for many years but this one aged in bottle from 1985 until now. Lots of sediment and the wine is relatively light in color and body but still quite good. Brown at the edge but still sweet and fruity — 3 days ago
A ruby red core, with a vibrant and clear ruby at the edge. The nose is complex, dense and persistent with primary red and dark red fruit notes, subtle spices, as well as earth and minerality notes deepening the complexity. Not a powerhouse, but a perfect reflection of the wines Luis makes that texturally remind me of the Northern Rhone, Burgundy and even Barolo to an extent. There is an elegance to these wines akin to those regions, with a core of terroir and structure. A supremely cerebral vigneron wine that makes you think while enjoying it.
With the arrival of Luis Seabra and his own line of wines, he is taking Portugal wines to the next level. The wines from Luis Seabra are generating the most buzz of any producer out of the Douro Valley, with both red and white wine at all price levels there is something for everyone! — 3 days ago
Vibrant acidity. Great fruit. Another taster described it more as ‘orange marmalade’ than red fruit. I think he was right on. Nice and probably at a plateau for at least another decade. — 17 days ago
I brought this back with me in late 2015 on a trip to the Douro on the way to Northern Spain where @ml_private_tours and I stopped in to meet @luisaolazabal at her family's beautiful estate @quintadovalemeao in the Douro Superior. A tiny 500 cases is produced.
At 5 years of age, this is fresh as a daisy with cut and verve. Medium yellow-gold in color. The nose is fresh and reminded me of Sancerre, so Sauvignon Blanc like notes of fresh lime citrus, green apple, sweet grapefruit pith, crushed oyster shells, and a host of chopped fresh green herbs. The palate is electric, more elegant than my initial tasting note from 2015. The acidity is thunderous, a pure and crystaline palate and med+ length in the finish. At 5 years this is so pure and so young, I think it will easiy cruise on to 10 years and likely age for longer. — 3 days ago
Raisins, milk chocolate, almonds, leather, brown sugar, toffee, and hints of pipe tobacco. — 13 days ago