|WINE ENTHUSIAST BUYING GUIDE FEBRUARY 2016
93 Points - Pegos Claros Reserva DOC Palmela 2012
"A serious and dense wine, this is rich and full of dark juicy fruit. It has plenty of structure of course, with its rich tannins and wood aging flavors right up front. The acidity is perfumed, underlining the ripe fruit. Drink this concentrated wine from 2018." EDITORS' CHOICE
92 Points - Pegos Claros Grande Escolha DOC Palmela 2012
"A powerful wine that has licorice and black coffee flavors as well as ripe plum and berry fruits. The balance is there, along with a solid structural base and acidity. The dense wine has power, rich and ripe for development. Drink from 2018."
92 Points - Monte da Baía Reserva Reg. Pen. de Setúbal 2013
"This is a powerful wine, perfumed and ripe. Its aromas come from the Touriga Nacional in the blend that also in cludes Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. It’s a dark and dense wine, very rich with enough juicy black fruit to balance. The concentration and tannins suggest long aging, so don’t drink before 2019."
91 Points - Águia Moura Em V. V. Garrafeira DOC Douro 2011
"Produced from old vines, this is a serious and concentrated wine. It has a strong mineral texture that adds to the dark tannins to make a forceful structure. Powered by the structure and the black fruits it will age well. Start drinking in 2018."
91 Points - Album Reserva Regional Alentejano 2013
"Made mainly from a rare combination of Alicante Bouschet and Petit Verdot, this results in a wine that is both dark colored and tannic. It is tough, powerful and concentrated, needing considerable aging for its rich black plum fruit to come out. Drink from 2018." EDITORS' CHOICE
90 Points - Maria Papoila Escolha Vinho Verde DOC 2014
"Produced from old vines, this crisp wine is floral and fresh. Concentrated with white and citrus fruit flavors over tight steeliness, it has a serious side of complex textures that will allow it to develop over the next few months. Drink now for the fresh fruit tones, although it will be better from late 2016."
88 points - Andreza Códega do Larinho DOC Douro 2014
"An ancient variety now seen rarely, this Códega do Larinho has produced a wine that has a steely texture and tangy citrus flavors. It is bright with acidity, lime and grapefruit fruits and so crisp. It is ready to drink."
88 points - Azul Portugal DOC Dão 2013
"This blend of Jaén, Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz is ripe and juicy, with black fruit tones. It does have a structure that will allow the wine to age for a few years, so drink from late 2016." BEST BUY
87 points - Andreza Reserva DOC Douro 2013
"The wine has a fat fruity texture along with acidity and plenty of tannins. It is austere in character, very dry and dense and with a serious intent. There is a juicy aftertaste that is more attractive and has promise for the future."
87 points - Colleja DOC Douro 2013
"A classic Douro blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz makes a harmonious wine that has ripe berry fruits and a soft structure. It is a stylish wine with a fresh fruity aftertaste. Drink now." BEST BUY
87 Points - Pegos Claros DOC Palmela 2012
"Still with its firm tannins in place and with layers of wood aging flavors, this is obviously a young wine. It has a backound of ripe berry fruits and acidity that will develop over the next two years. It is potentially rich and full. Drink from 2017."
86 Points - Herdade de Catapereiro Regional Tejo 2014
"Fruity and aromatic, this blend of Fernão Pires, Arinto and Sauvignon Blanc is fresh with attractive acidity and also riper tropical fruit and pear flavors. It has a mineral texture that gives the a fine structure. Drink now."
85 Points - Monte da Baía Regional Pen. Setúbal 2014
"This is a soft wine that has yellow fruits alongside crisper red apples and touches of grapefruit. That makes for a balanced light wine that has a fine texture and a fresh aftertaste. Drink now."