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The wines of Quinta do Portal, Douro
Rua Guilhermina Suggia, 200-90, PO Box 52057, 4202-801 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 22 551 2000

For a more recent review of this producer's wines, see here

Although I'm usually quite generous in my ratings of Portuguese wines (despite my enthusiasm, I try to remain objective), I was a bit disappointed by these four wines from the Douro. I'd like to give them a second chance before I make any firm conclusions.

Quinta do Portal Reserva 1996
A blend of three Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tinta Roriz, aged in French and Russian oak. There's a slightly green leafy character to the nose, with some herby notes. The palate shows chewy tannins, and it's medium bodied with a dry finish and high acidity. Good/very good

Quinta do Portal Grande Reserva 1996
A blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. The nose shows sweet, rich, menthol notes from the new oak. The palate is medium bodied with full, herby flavours and relatively high acidity. Very good

Quinta do Portal Tinta Roriz 1997
A leafy herby nose with a green acid streak leads to a medium bodied palate with some sweet herby fruit. Quite interesting, but a bit lightweight. Good/very good

Quinto do Portal Branco 2000
An appealing white wine with some interest. Shows a spicy, leafy nose and a rich, herby, spicy palate with good acidity.

For tasting notes of other Portuguese wines click here
Tasted May 2001 at the Decanter Rising Stars Fine Wine Encounter

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