Saturday, August 9, 2008

Quinta Dos Aciprestes Riserva 2004

Quinta Dos Aciprestes Riserva 2004, Douro, Spain
Yucks. Bought at the recent discount from Topwines and this is really shit although it was at 12bucks per bottle. Initial nose was quite complex, with some leather, sweet herbs. However, after a while a sharp pungent sulphur nose emerged. Disjointed. Palate was HORRIBLE!. Very hollowed in the middle. Tasted as it was laced with chemicals, sharp pain. artificial. Run AWAY!

Winemakers note:
Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa
Quinta dos Aciprestes Reserva stands at the very top of Real Companhia Velha's Fine Wine
range. An extremely careful grape selection in the most favoured parcels of Touriga Nacional
and Touriga Francesa in the Quinta dos Aciprestes is annually undertaken to identify grapes
with potential to develop rich varietal flavours, deep colour and excellent tannin structure.
A controlled fermentation for optimum extraction is followed by a 14 to 16 month ageing
period in barrel. French, American and Eastern European oaks are utilized to complement the
intense varietal characteristics. Deep garnet ruby colour coupled with exuberant cassis and
cherry fruit and complex wood aromas signal first what the palate soon tastes. Powerful body
and flavour are interlaced within the boldly structured acidity and tannin.
Although approachable now, the wine promises rich rewards for patient cellaring.

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