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The wines of Kolheita de Ideias, Douro, Portugal

Rui Moreira, Apartado 18, 5030-909 Sta. Marta de Penaguião, Portugal
Tel: +351 254 324 799
E-mail: kolheita@oninet.pt

A producer I first came across in my visit to the Douro in 2002. At the time I was impressed with their wines, and it was nice to do some catch-up here. A high-quality, small-scale negociant operation established in 2001, this is a collaboration between Luís Soares Duarte, Francisco Ferreira (of Vallado) and Rui Moreira.  

Esboço Branco 2004 Douro
The first vintage of their white, this is nice, fresh, rounded and fruity. It’s a crisp white wine with some richness to the fruit. A blend of Malvasia Fino, Cerceal and Gouveio. Very good+ 88/100

Esboço 2002 Douro
A difficult year in the region. This is a blend of 45% Tinta Roriz, 35% Touriga Franca and 15% Touriga Nacional. Very bright fruit on the nose, with a freshness to the red berry fruit. The palate is vivid and intense with fresh, savoury fruit. Nice weight. Typical of many of the Douro 02s, but well done.

Kolheita 2001 Douro
The top wine, this wasn’t made in 2002. It’s made from a single vineyard with old vines. 100% lagares, destemmed, and 13 months in new French oak (Allier – Cadus and Demy). Full-on spicy nose with well defined red and black fruits. There are some classy oak notes. The palate is structured yet supple with lots of vivid spicy fruit. Made in a modern style: a fair bit of oak but lots of flavour. Very good/excellent 91/100

see also: the Douro - a multipart series

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