I’ve been enjoying this wine over the last few evenings. It’s a superb expression of a very fine year in the Douro, the 2015 from Quinta da Romaneira. I have no idea why this vintage wasn’t widely declared. Romaneira is a spectacular, well situated property in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro, and it has been revitalised by a team headed up by Christian Seely. Originally there was a hotel project here, but that died fairly quickly (the sorts of folks who want to spend €1000 a night on a hotel don’t have the time to schlep up the Douro, and when they do they generally need more entertainment than is on offer here), so now the vineyard project is separate from the accommodation side of things (now a private residence).
Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port 2015 Douro, Portugal
19.5% alcohol. Deep coloured, this young vintage port has a highly floral nose with sweet blackberry jam and black cherry fruit. The palate is powerful and focused with sweet, intense, yet elegant black fruits. There’s a slight saltiness and some tarry, spicy detail, but overall this is a sort of Burgundian expression of Vintage Port, aiming at elegance yet not sacrificing longevity. 95/100
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