2012 Paulo Da Silva Casal Da AzenhaBlend from Portugal
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Powerful red wine grown in the sand on the dunes near Sintra on the Atlantic Ocean, mainly made from grapes of the Portuguese variety Joao de Santarem, ( Also know as Castelao)...
- 89 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
89 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Tinto (Casal da Azenha) is an 80/20 blend of João de Santarem (a.k.a. Castelão) and Tinta Miuda, aged for approximately 36 months in large, used barrels, a mixture of Mahogany and French wood. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. This producer is based in Colares but uses the regional Lisboa appellation here. At the price point, this is a nice value in a food wine with both finesse and flavor. This opened a bit tight, but it came around nicely with 30 to 40 minutes of air. Beautifully constructed, it combines a good backbone with elegance in the mid-palate, vivid fruit flavor and a nice finish, laced with red fruits and a bit of musk. The Castelão is more restrained in flavor here than it tends to be in many places in Setùbal, its home base, but this still has a lot of red-fruit flavor. This is a fine and sunny wine, with good balance. It handles the wood beautifully. There were 12,800 bottles produced.
Powerful red wine grown in the sand on the dunes near Sintra on the Atlantic Ocean, mainly made from grapes of the Portuguese variety Joao de Santarem, ( Also know as Castelao) Grown in an area surrounding the Colares DOC, aged and cellared in the same fashion of the Colares wines. Same old Barriques and bottle aging. Dark fruits but with bright acidity and rich notes of leather and spice.
89 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||raspberry, spice, dark cherry, smoke, black berry, black cherry, tobacco and tar|
|Nose||raspberry, spice, dark cherry, black berry, black cherry, tobacco, tar and flower|