The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Month: March 2021

Quinta da Pellada – Vinho Tinto 2014

Despite 2014 being a rather fresh year, this wine already feels seriously aged – it’s a bit dusty and clearly evolved, with some baked plum and a bit of christmas spice. There’s a lot of complexity to the nose and Read more

Pequenos Rebentos – Alvarinho A Moda Antiga 2019

The “Moda Antiga” that’s alluded to here is skin fermentation – so effectively this is a kind of orange Vinho Verde. And a stunningly successful one. Explosive nose that wafts out rose petals, peaches and cream. So fresh on the Read more

António Marques-da-Cruz and Tiago Teles – COZs Pop 2019

A collaboration between Antonio Marques-da-Cruz (Quinta da Serradinha) and Tiago Teles. The vineyards for this cuvée are rented. Fermented in cement vats. Untreated 25-y-o vines grown on the slopes of Serra de Montejunto. Beguiling nose that suggests candied fruits, marmalade Read more

Quinta do Montalto – Anfora de Baco 2019

There’s a great big slab of beautiful Trincadeira fruit in this wine – crunchy dark fruit with a hint of sweetness. The tannins are firm but accessible, and overall there’s great balance and drinkability amidst the smoky, dark fruited flavours. Read more

Quinta do Montalto – Medieval de Ourém 2020

Medieval de Ourém is an almost unique wine style, dating back to a 12th century Cistercian monastery, that was nearly killed off by EU wine law (which typically doesn’t allow quality wines to be a blend of red and white Read more

Quinta do Montalto – Anfora de Baco branco 2019

A traditional talha-fermented style, with modern talhas that are lined with the traditional Pez mixture. Fresh rosemary and sage aromas, mixed with earthy, dried apricot fruit. Quite concentrated and bright on the palate, with upfront apricot fruit, some orange zest Read more

Quinta da Pellada – Primus 2015

A premium oak-fermented field-blend that seems to have evolved a bit faster than one would really like. A bit dusty and vegetal on the nose, with hints of fennel and boiled sweets. There’s plenty of Bical’s more savoury character here, Read more

Lacrau – Branco Field Blend 2019

Very pretty perfumed nose with lemon oil, upfront citrus flavours, floral hints. This is a real surprise if you associate Douro with a more hefty style. Super fresh and youthful, with a teeny hint of nuts or bitterness on the Read more