Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Portuguese Reds 8/13

9. Quinta da Vacarica Bairrada (2008)

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Old and young vines of Baga, two and a half hectares, fermented in open lagar with no destemming five to eight days in lagar, then drained into tank where fermentation continues for an additional ten to fifteen days before the wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in 2000 to 4000 liter casks Musky and animal on the nose with aromas of dark oily stems, briary sandalwood, and a little funky natural yeast quality topped with a fine floral tone A touch of co2 greet the palate yielding to a deep and slightly opaque and ripely tannic mouthfeel. There’s attractive wild berry fruit, blackberry toned and with a bit of a pie filling edge to it topped with spicy dark minerality. This is powerful and chewy with lots of dry extract but the tannins are huge today so the fruit is struggling to get out. Finishing with impressive length to the mineral, briar and sandalwood flavors there is a lot to like here but today this is more impressive than friendly. I would like to have a few bottles of this in my cellar to see where it goes. 90pts
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