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New Douro 2004 tasting
The wines
of Quinta da Leda/Sogrape

Website: www.sogrape.pt

Sogrape's Vasco Maghales (left) with his doppleganger, pictured at the De La Rosa 
anniversary party

Sogrape is Portugal’s leading family owned wine company, established in 1942 and best known for super-brand Mateus Rosé. With Barca Velha they were first to make a truly serious Douro table wine. They’ve sold back to the Ferriera family the original vineyards used for this wine (which now make Vale de Meão), but with Quinta de Leda, a 105 hectare estate, they’re now making some serious Douro wines as well as the new generation of Barca Velha. With this set of 2004s, they are clearly on the right lines, with good quality from the bottom up.

Quinta da Leda Vinha do Pombal 2004
Sweet focused nose with a chocolatey, earthy edge. Rich, concentrated palate has a lovely earthiness. Rich and full – a nice wine. Very good/excellent 92/100

Callabriga 2004
Sweet, dark, spicy nose showing pure, open fruit. Creamy, aromatic and blackcurranty. The palate is ripe and supple with generous spicy fruit and good purity. Quite serious, and well worth the UK retail price of £8.99. Very good+ 88/100

Callabriga Reserva 2004
Very pure focused bright fruit on the nicely perfumed nose, which shows some savouriness. Mainly black fruits. The palate shows fresh, ripe sweet fruit with some spicy tannins and a bit of oak. Delicious. Very good/excellent 91/00 (Retail in the UK around £14)  

Pena de Pato 2004
Aiming at the £4.99 price point, this is fresh, supple and spicy with nice fruit. A good everyday wine. Very good 82/100

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Wines tasted 05 and 07/06
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