Roy Hersh wrote:Bob,
I have consumed over 30 bottles of the 2007 Quinta do Crasto Branco and it is really excellent. I think I like it more than the 2008 but just a smidge. As to your tasting of the 2005 Portal, glad you enjoyed that one. I had the 2006 a few weeks ago and although it is not nearly as good of a vintage overall, across the Douro at least ... the 2006 was good enough that I went back, grabbed two more cases and a six pack of magnums. I think I likee.
Joe Moryl wrote:Tim,
I looked up the '06 Sabugal on Revista de Vinhos and they liked it a lot more than you did - 15.5/20. What surprised me is the price - it is apparently a 5 euro wine in Portugal, so I'm not sure what is going on in Belgium!
Tim York wrote:Barraida Vinha do Putto Tinto 2008 - Manuel dos Santos Campolargo - Alc.14% - (€7), made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining. A valuable silver vase of ours was knocked off its pedestal by a friends' dog and the visit to a silver smith for a repair estimate took us close to a Portuguese specialist. This was one of my purchases.
Colour was deep with purple foam. The nose was well developed with notes of sweet raspberry, black currant and anise; there was a slightly boiled sweet effect but good sweets. The palate was sweetly fruity and vigorous with lively acidity and medium/full bodied with bitter liquorice notes of the finish. A slight honest rusticity did not spoil a thoroughly good quaff; 15.5/20 QPR.
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