Quinta do Sagrado, Reserva, Tinto, Pinhao, Cima Corgo, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2008
This wine: a blend of 50% touriga nacional, 30% touriga franca, and 10% each of tinta amarela and tinta roriz (aka tempranillo), vinified in stainless steel, aged in stainless steel and French oak, coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Ann et Vin, £17.95 (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of dark fruits edged with toast, spice and liquorice, along with a floral lift; medium bodied, with a palate of black and red cherry, red plum, a little nuttiness, bees-wax and liquorice. Finished medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toasty black berry, black cherry, dried herbs, black olive, warm leaf humus, stewed red currant, spicy edge, indistinctly floral – perhaps a touch of tea rose, then violets come through, touch of bees-wax, hints of red liquorice, touch of sweet oak, cinnamon, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, blackberry, spicy red cherry, red plum, slighty nutty, touches of sweet oak and spice, slight bees-wax, liquorice hints. A medium (+) length, with a moderate grip and a clean slightly savoury red berried finish.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, which is well-integrated; strong intensity on the nose, lesser in mid-palate, and lesser concentration, but with well-developed complexity from time in wood and bottle, evidenced respectively by for example, notes of toast and spice, and black olive, leaf humus, stewed berries and a slight nuttiness. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-4 years, to develop a more dried fruit dimension.