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TASTING NOTES The colour is deep ruby-red when young, it tends to garnet-red on ageing. It has a rather intense, characteristic nose which is ﬂowery and fruity at the same time, with nice light overtones of wood, spices and vanilla. The ﬂavour is full, persistent, nicely dry and velvety. The wine is already perfect to drink two years after the vintage. Its character and personality will be completed by a further period of ageing in the bottle.
This is the sweetest of all Ports. It is the liquid content of the little fermented must (the so-called “lágrima”) and therefore has a fairly high sugar content – around 136 grams per litre.
UNFILTERED LBV comes from one single year and one single harvest. Whereas its richer cousin, the Vintage, is bottled in the second year, this wine is bottled in the fourth year. Smoother than the Vintage, more developed and easier to drink. It is a powerful, defiant, full-bodied and harmonious wine. It is a wine familiar with the flavours of chocolate and cheese. After the bottle is opened it remains at its best for a further 15 to 30 days, if properly stored. It is a wine that is not filtered and can therefore either be drunk immediately or be left forgotten in a cellar, developing further complexity.
Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created – “Quinta de Ervamoira”. It is in this mystical, biblical landscape that this wine is extracted from the schist, from the silence, for our delight.
Its original red colour gives way to amber tones, its flavour is enriched by a combination of nuts, dried fruits and the aromas of red fruits – cherries, plums, blackberries and raspberries – and a semi-oxidizing harmonious bouquet is formed.
Harmonising these old wines, which are full of personality and character, is not an easy task. In the tasting room, decisions are very difficult. Here nature gives place to knowledge, to a serene and wise wine, which, like a kind old man, tells grandiose stories to the young. Earthly passions give way to volatile, esterified, wood-scented ambiences, free from the schist, from the redness. It is a dive into an ethereal, limpid world, performed at the unique and constant rhythm of a Port Wine Cellar.
Vinification of fresh grapes, followed by a 10 days maceration on the skins. Racking, then the wine remain until February in inox and cement tanks. In February of the following year, the wine referments (“Ripasso technique”) on the fresh pomace left over from the just-completed Recioto and Amarone fermentation. Racking and obtaining of the “Ripasso”.
Intense ruby red colour. Spicy bouquet with intense aromas of ripe cherry and jam. Dry, full, soft flavour in the mouth, with a very pleasant bitter finish.
Barrel fermented for 3 to 4 weeks and aged in French oak barrels using 20% to 30% of new oak with 1 to 4 year old oak barrels, 16 months.
An elegant and rich wine boasting floral aromas complemented by subtle notes of toasted nuts, sweet honey, and baking spices
The 2015 Sabazio shows a nose of fresh floral and fruity sensations with its notes of red currants and violets. The palate is vibrant and savory with a sweet, fruity and persistent finish and aftertaste.
85% Prugnolo Gentile, 15% Merlot and other red complementary varieties
Crisp and ripe, citrus, apples and lemon, almonds and smoked hazelnuts. Hints of mineral and good freshness. Fresh and forward, nice richness to the mid-palate, very classic in its definition. Lots of ripe fruits, almonds, some delicate oak, and a light smokiness. A complete wine with nice mineral and roundness. Good intensity, fresh with a nice volume.
100% Chardonnay grapes aged in stainless steel tanks.
San Giovanni della Sala shows a light straw color with greenish highlights. On the notes, pleasurable notes of tropical fruit fuse with light mineral sensations. The palate is noteworthy for its balance between structure and freshness, a fine savory character, and an attractive persistence of flavors of yellow fruit.
Blend:Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco Viognier
“Les Baronnes” is typical of the Sancerre appellation and the Domaine Henri Bourgeois style. Subtle yet powerful, its persistence and harmony find their origin in the exposition and quality of the terroir. Crispy, and fruity this wine has some lime, apple and gunflint aromas balanced by ripe tropical and yellow orchard fruits.
90pts Les Baronnes 2015, Wine Enthusiast 2016 – Editors’ Choice
On the nose, the 2016 vintage shows a beautiful aromatic intensity developing delicate floral notes (small white flowers, black currants) followed by powerful mineral aromas (pebbles and gun powder). An elegant bouquet, complex and typical of the richness of this great terroir.
The palate is round and supple with a slight lovely tangy touch. Intense aromatic notes on a fleshy mineral structure reinforce the complexity. The finish is long and harmonious, full of fruity notes (both exotic and citrus). Purely by gravity without pumps after maturing on lees and tasting.
Pair this wine with shellfish, seafood and goat cheeses.
This wine with its characteristic connotations of red fruits (cherries, morellos…) is subtly woody. On the palate, it reveals good roundness and a light, pleasant astringency (tannins from the grapes as well as the oak barrels) assuring good aging for 8 to 10 years
The 2016 Santa Cristina Rosso shows a ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose, delicate notes of cherries and ripe red fruit, typical of Sangiovese and Syrah, mingle with the characteristic balsamic sensations of Merlot. The palate is ample and supple and the finish and aftertaste are fruity.