D'Oliveiras

Vintage Madeira Sercial

9.4117 ratings
9.548 pro ratings
Madeira, Portugal
Sercial
Top Notes For
Matt

Smashing! So harmonious and relatively pure/clean. VA adds the perfect lift, balanced components throughout. Keen acid, so youthful in its vibrancy and life. Almost Scotch-esqe with its peaty/earthy tones. It’s spiced, like walking through an exotic spice market. The length and finish incredible, wrapping everything up with roasted walnuts, honey, and succulent dried fruit. Drinks like a great aged Cognac or Armagnac.

Smashing! So harmonious and relatively pure/clean. VA adds the perfect lift, balanced components throughout. Keen acid, so youthful in its vibrancy and life. Almost Scotch-esqe with its peaty/earthy tones. It’s spiced, like walking through an exotic spice market. The length and finish incredible, wrapping everything up with roasted walnuts, honey, and succulent dried fruit. Drinks like a great aged Cognac or Armagnac.

Nov 20th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Buttered pecan, walnut liquor, raisin and mushroom. Sweeter and with less bite than other styles of sercial. A delight

Buttered pecan, walnut liquor, raisin and mushroom. Sweeter and with less bite than other styles of sercial. A delight

Dec 1st, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

Terrific complexity and acidity, notes of hazelnut, raisin and brown sugar with a hint of orange peel.

Terrific complexity and acidity, notes of hazelnut, raisin and brown sugar with a hint of orange peel.

Aug 19th, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

Roasted cashews, raisin and toffee

Roasted cashews, raisin and toffee

Feb 11th, 2017
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.5

Delicious, coffee and burnt toffee. Amazing sipper.

Delicious, coffee and burnt toffee. Amazing sipper.

Feb 4th, 2017
Nicholas Livingston

How else to warm up for a trade tasting of invigorating Champagne this afternoon? Penetrating Sercial Madeira from the year that brought us the Boy Scouts of America. If wine were merit badges perhaps I'd nearly be an Eagle by now... After this evening's tasting I'll have quite a heavy merit badge sash for Champagne -an obsession that can reach no surfeit -it becomes more fascinating and evermore nuanced. For the moment however I'm awash in crushed kumquats in honey, marmalade, hazelnuts and roast peanuts -all layered among so much more in one of the richest Sercial Madeiras I've tried to date.

How else to warm up for a trade tasting of invigorating Champagne this afternoon? Penetrating Sercial Madeira from the year that brought us the Boy Scouts of America. If wine were merit badges perhaps I'd nearly be an Eagle by now... After this evening's tasting I'll have quite a heavy merit badge sash for Champagne -an obsession that can reach no surfeit -it becomes more fascinating and evermore nuanced. For the moment however I'm awash in crushed kumquats in honey, marmalade, hazelnuts and roast peanuts -all layered among so much more in one of the richest Sercial Madeiras I've tried to date.

Oct 25th, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

Showing better this time with fermented peaches in the mix with the citrus, nuts and zesty brine.

Showing better this time with fermented peaches in the mix with the citrus, nuts and zesty brine.

Jul 1st, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

Bright and very much Sherry like, close to a Palo Cortado as it carries fresh acidity, notes of sweetness and roasted nuts, as well as lots of citrus. #1937

Bright and very much Sherry like, close to a Palo Cortado as it carries fresh acidity, notes of sweetness and roasted nuts, as well as lots of citrus. #1937

Feb 28th, 2016
John Wight

Sommelier/Wine Director Luce Restaurant

10

Wow! Such depth and concentration! Buts, dried yellow fruit and integrated tannins

Wow! Such depth and concentration! Buts, dried yellow fruit and integrated tannins

Feb 26th, 2016
Marty Winters

This one is @Michael Scaffidi approved. What a wine for a group to take down to end the night.

This one is @Michael Scaffidi approved. What a wine for a group to take down to end the night.

Nov 11th, 2015