Quinta do Sagrado, Tinto, Pinhao, Cima Corgo, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2013
This wine: lot No. L-SST13, a blend of a wide range of approved grape varieties, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £12 (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: ruby hued, with aromas of spicy red berries, black cherry, red plum and black liquorice; medium bodied, with flavours of squashed black berry and ripe black cherry, black boiled sweets, spicy red plum, a little savoury, with a sniff of oak. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spicy ripe red cherry, red currant jelly, savoury, dried cranberry, black cherry, smoke, red plum, a low-key hint of toast, an indistinct yet rich floral whiff, a developing hint of black liquorice [on day 2 – raisin, hints of pine and tobacco].
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours as they come of squashed black berry, ripe black cherry with a creamy lactic edge, black fruit boiled sweets, spicy ripe red plum, a hint of sweet oak, a little savoury, touch of beeswax. A medium (+) length with a clean ripe savoury black berried finish, and a light to moderate grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh(ish) acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a sound intensity, less so in mid-palate with a similar concentration; showing a respectable complexity, with evidence of very well-integrated oak, and time in bottle, with some tertiary development – dried berries and beeswax. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound structure, showing development, but lacks intensity and concentration, witnessed by the medium(ish) length.