2012 Quinta do Popa Douro

SKU #1241845 Jancis Robinson

 Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, including 20% old vines. Winemakers Luis Pato and Francisco Montenegro. Darkish cherry. Lightly spiced and peppery dark, blackberry fruit, smells a little dusty, tastes dry and fresh with fine dark fruit. Cool, dry and pure-fruited. Mouthwatering and harmonious, lightish on the mid palate – making it very drinkable and with the tannins suggesting it would be a great supper wine.  (12/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Tinto "Popa", with just Pôpa on the front, is a blend of Tinta Roriz (35%), Touriga Nacional (25%), Touriga Franca (20%) and an Old Vines field blend (20%). The Old Vines component was aged for six months in French Oak (a mixture of second- and third-use). This is a very nice value. Solid and showing good depth for the vintage and this level, it is also nicely structured with well-integrated tannins, but a real backbone. This bargain should drink well for most of the next decade or so. (MS)  (8/2015)

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