The winter of 2001 will no doubt be remembered for the extraordinary amount of rain that was experienced and the damage caused by the deluge which continued for five months. The Douro in Oporto broke its banks 6 times during this period. In the region itself, roads collapsed, and buildings were irreparably damaged due to subsidence. Bud burst took place in mid-March earlier than usual, due to higher than average temperatures throughout the winter. Extra treatments in the vineyard were required due to the high levels of humidity. Flowering took place in May close to normal dates as vineyard development was slowed down, due to mild weather conditions in early spring. Conditions for flowering were overall good both in the lower lying areas and later in the high lying areas. In mid-June an excessively hot
period brought about a significant reduction in crop size. This was mainly due to the recently formed bunches being exposed to this extreme heat in a period where the grapes are particularly sensitive and the amount of shading from the leaves is reduced. This clearly affected mainly lower lying properties. Temperatures throughout the summer were not excessive and useful amounts of rain were experienced throughout July and August, maturation taking place under favorable conditions.
Deep ruby color. Excellent depth of fruit combined with glorious floral scents. On the palate, concentrated and fruity flavors balanced by a firm structure. Powerful and rich finish.
...a vibrant, sunny wine that feels completely integrated between fruit and schist. There’s clarity and purity to the red berry fruit, which parallels the length and breadth of the peppery tannins.
Mature-tasting, offering a supple array of sandalwood, dried cherry and boysenberry flavors, flanked by notes of Asian spice. The creamy finish is long and lush. Drink now through 2020. –KM