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The wines of Quinta dos Avidagos, Douro

Website: www.quintadosavidagos.com

I tasted these wines with Pedro Tamagnini, whose family owns the business. The wines are made from four separate quintas, two in the Baixo Corgo and two in the Cima Corgo, totalling over 60 hectares in all. Consultant winemaker is Rui Cunha. The first wine from the project was in 2001.

Quinta dos Avidagos 2006 Douro
Bright, sweet cherryish fruit here with some berry character too. The palate is ripe, smooth and quite sweet. It’s a modern-styled, expressive wine with nice tannins. 87/100

Quinta dos Avidagos Reserva 2006 Douro
Aged in French and American oak. Very sweet, ripe, dark cherry liqueur-like nose. The palate shows lovely supple ripe, sweet cherry and berry fruit with some nice spicy density. Delicious stuff that’s quite rich in style. 89/100

Quinta do Além Tanha Vinhas Velhas 2004 Douro
This includes seven different grape varieties, including one white variety. Made in lagares. Not produced in 2005 or 2006. Distinctive spicy, minty nose is fresh and intense. There’s dark fruit, spice and a hint of menthol. The palate is rich with noticeable sweet oak influence. This rich, bold wine is quite oaky at the moment. One for the future? 89/100

Wines tasted 05/08  
see also: my Douro series

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