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2016 Paulo Laureano Private SelectionBlend from Portugal

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  • 90 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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About

90

The 2016 Private Selection Vinhas Velhas is a blend from old vines of 25% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Aragonez, 20% Touriga Nacional and 35% Trincadeira. It was aged for ten to 12 months, depending on lot, in new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This is meant to be the winery's Reserva, a classification no longer used by Laureano because many inexpensive (and poor quality) wines can be Reservas. A bit lusher and more restrained than the 2015, this is still nicely structured and concentrated. The fruit is not quite expressive yet, but there are hints it will be. Another year or two in the cellar would help this, and it should age for a decade or so, at least, after that. You can dive in now if you want to, though.

Product Detail

Item # 115173
Country Portugal
Region Portugal
Sub-Region Alentejo
Ratings

90 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste dark ripe cherry, dark berry, blueberry, spice, ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, blackberry, cassis, cinnamon , berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb
Nose dark berry, black cherry, plum, ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, red fruit, blackberry, cassis, cinnamon , berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb