2001 Vinha do Fojo Douro

SKU #1255221 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Vinha Do Fojo (Quinta Do Fojo) is an old vines field blend aged for 12 months in French oak (60% new, the rest used). Of the Vinha do Fojos here this issue, this is arguably the best and the best balanced, although the 1996 is drinking much better now. That said, this is still a powerhouse in an old school style. One of the problems in evaluating these (especially when young) is that the tannins can be hard and overwhelm the wine. I took a cautious approach and was too stingy initially. This time it also had a couple of days open, which helped. In most ways, it is still too young, not nearly as interesting as the 1996 (although it one day will be and will likely be better). It shows fine acidity and lush texture, the best concentration and the freshest fruit in the vertical to go with the big tannins typical of the brand. Even now, it adds wonderful complexity. It is intriguing and intellectual. If you're looking for hedonistic, though, this probably isn't it. Focused, penetrating and powerful, it needs a food pairing to sing. It should have a long life ahead and it is still improving. It may well do better than I think. To my pleasant surprise, the standard retail price I was given was a mere $60. Back up the truck. This is fine enough that it makes a mockery out of the supposed classification difference between Fojo and Vinha do Fojo. (MS)  (12/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Urgent aromas of kirsch, crystallized violet and candied licorice, with exotic spice and mocha adding even more complexity. Sappy and impressively concentrated, with mouthfilling cherry and dark berry flavors coating the palate and completely absorbing the thick, chewy tannins. This is extremely primary right now but the strength of material is impressive. 90+ (JR)  (3/2006)

K&L Notes

What a fantastic Douro wine! Bright mixed berry and red fruit aromas as well as flavors balance freshness with intensity. Pretty floral notes as well add dimension to this spectacular red. While it may be a new name for even fans of Douro wines, I would absolutely put this up there with Casa Ferreirinha (of Barca Velha fame), Quinta do Crasto, Vale do Meao for the most serious producers of Douro reds. And the extra bottle age really showcases this estate's elegant, balanced style. Strongly recommended. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese & Spanish Wine Buyer)

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