93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator June 30, 2018 Enticing, with green tea, ginger, toasted sesame, caramel and date flavors that glide through, with finely stitched acidity and a flattering flash of sweetness. Delivers understated elegance. Drink now.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2019 The 2017 Pombal do Vesúvio (Quinta do Vesúvio) is mostly a 54/40 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with 6% Tinta Amarela, aged for eight months in used French oak. It comes in at 14.4% alcohol, an uptick from last year's vintage. Wow. The fruit here seems to be the essence of young fruit, primary, sexy and just delicious. Of the Symington selections this issue (including the sister producer Prats & Symington), this is the best value, the biggest overachiever. One of the best in the brand so far#maybe the best yet#this starts off with that great fruit laced with plums and dried blueberries, but it does not neglect the concepts of balance, finesse and structure. Beautifully constructed, this has moderate tannins to support the fruit and a big, long finish. It feels fresh rather than jammy, despite both its power and sex appeal. The only question now is where this goes#can it develop some complexity, some additional distinction in the c
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2019 The 2017 Prazo de Roriz is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz and 20% mixed grapes, all aged for six months in used French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Seeming like just-crushed fruit, this is remarkably concentrated for the level, without being jammy. Expressive, fruit forward and still supported by good structure, this is a big, ripe and rather dramatic Prazo this year. The fruit does have a certain warmth to it. That doesn't mean heat, to be clear, but ripeness. It is not always the most lifted fruit on the finish. However, this certainly tastes great and has some sex appeal. The price is right for the big finish and flavor. At the moment, you might like it even better than the score suggests. It would be nice if it could develop a bit more finesse with a year in the cellar, but if you're looking for one to cellar, the producer's Post Scriptum (reviewed this issue as well) would be a better choice
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The 2016 Tinto (Quinta do Vesúvio), the Estate red, is a blend of 56% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and a dollop of Tinta Amarela aged for 18 months in French oak (80% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. If you're comparing the high end from Symington-related labels this issue, this is very different from the Chryseia (under Prats & Symington). Here, you get a more muscular and concentrated wine. Here, there is more of an edge and a need for cellaring. Packed with plums and black cherries, it also has a darker and much richer flavor profile#there's a relatively warm feel here#than Chryseia, less elegance but more intensity in terms of both structure and fruit. To me, this sumptuous red is the better wine with a higher upside potential, although it certainly has some things to prove in the cellar. Some six hours later, it was still a little aggressive but just packed with fruit and flavor. This needs a few years to come around. Let's s
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2019 The 2017 Tinto (Quinta do Vesúvio), the Estate red, is a 56/41 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with a dollop of Tinta Amarela, all aged for 16 months in French oak (80% new). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. A Big Boy this year, this shows off the typical fruit of this great estate. Sexier but less refined than the Chryseia (reviewed under Prats & Symington), it has fine concentration. Those are simply relative terms, though, as both do everything very well. Although relatively less elegant, this is by no means jammy or even close to clumsy. It is also beautifully constructed. In fact, I was impressed with its balance and refinement. It always retains finesse and focus. The next day, the fruit was more expressive. It still finished with firmness, but it was much more accessible. This is a beautiful Estate Tinto, maybe the best yet. It should age well. It should also steadily improve in the cellar, and it does require some cellari
96/100 Wine Spectator, December 2018 Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling May 2018 Very complex with dried flowers and roses. Full-bodied, very layered and tightly wound. Chewy and powerful. Firm and off-dry. Needs five or six years to soften. Beauty. Try in 2024.