2003 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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Re: 2003 Vale Dona Maria

Post by AHB » 10:23 Wed 16 Mar 2011

Pitch black, completely opaque - very youthful. Blueberries and violets all over the nose. Pure blackcurrants on the entry, and a fabulous satin body. Tannins are powerful but hidden behind the huge and powerful fruit. A dry core, but with an incredible level of perfume in the falvour profile. Violets all over the finish, which is long and powerful. This is a stunning wine with an incredible finish. Guessed to be Taylor 1994. 94/100. No decanting.
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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 2003 Vale Dona Maria

Post by JacobH » 11:35 Wed 16 Mar 2011

Very dark. Very austere on the nose. More fruity in the mouth and somewhat rounded. Good tannins. Nice.
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Re: 2003 Vale Dona Maria

Post by RAYC » 17:20 Thu 24 Mar 2011

In complete contrast to the 2003 Colmaca, and whilst still incredibly youthful, this was (to use a Chris D catchprase) "open for business" and in an exciting youthful phase. Violet bouquet and silky feel had me convinced this was a young Vesuvio.

Just about the only '03 I have had over the last 12 months and really enjoyed drinking (though I have not had many...)
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