1999 Vinha do Fojo Douro

SKU #1255222 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1999 Vinha Do Fojo is an old vines field blend aged for ten months in French oak (half new, half used). As we move to the younger wines in this issue's mini-vertical (relatively speaking), it is surprising how tight and powerful they can seem with just another year or so of youth compared to their older siblings. Showing some complexity, some hints of tobacco and charcoal, this then adds a layer of acidity. When I first saw this, I thought it was very rustic and that is still very much the case. It's not particularly fleshy, but there are plenty of tannins. (MS)  (12/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Suave, spicy, focused aromas of ripe cherry and bitter rhubarb tinged by notes of cedar and violet. Thick and smooth in the mouth, with a smoky cherry flavor and notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Very rich wine, finshing with gentle, round tannins and a sweet, almost tactile quality. (JR)  (3/2006)

Wine Spectator

 A traditional-style red, with plum and dried cherry flavors and meaty, gamy overtones. Retains good balance and freshness. The long, supple finish is filled with brown sugar and cardamom. (Web Only—2005)

K&L Notes

What a fantastic Douro wine! Ripe mixed berry flavors show a subtle earthy quality as well. 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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