2015 Quinta das Tecedeiras Reserva, Douro, Portugal (750ml)
Color: deep ruby. Nose: elegant from the word go. Wild red fruit, flowers and spicy toast for added complexity. Palate: smooth and balanced tannins that reflect 16 months of aging in French oak. Long, aromatic finish.
The 2015 Reserva is a field blend from old vines aged for 12 months in French oak (40% new, 60% second use). This is a fairly straightforward Reserva in some ways, elegant and bright, but it does some things well enough to give it distinction. The wood nuances are controlled, with those used barrels incorporated. It has good structure and a fine finish with some intensity of fruit flavor. As it opens, the finish becomes ever more flavorful, leading to a juicy conclusion with plenty of grip and tension. This is very pleasing and it should age reasonably well. It could use another couple of years to come around, but will be approachable young.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 pts.
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