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Quinta Do Monte d'Oiro Reserva 750ML 2009
Sku: 09567
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
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Country: Portugal
Region: Lisboa
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Type: Still wine
Reg. $69.59
Web Only Sale $51.29
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Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2009 Reserva was aged for approximately 18 months in 30% new French oak from various coopers. It is listed at 14% alcohol. Of all the Reservas here, this is the one that coats the palate the most and feels the fullest on opening -- perhaps, to state the obvious, a function of the vintage, its youth, or more likely a mixture of both. Even though it tightens dramatically with air, it also demonstrates how fine its fruit is at various times, while keeping its balance and returning to the place the others got to sooner: well-balanced and rather elegant. By a tiny margin, this might well be my pick of the vertical, granting that the 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2008 are all in better places now. This is still relatively undeveloped and needs to pull in its oak, which it most certainly will do. At the moment it is a touch one-dimensional. That, too, will change. It will not hit peak and show all it has, perhaps, for 4 to 5 more years. While it can now seem approachable and drink great (at least after 60 minutes of the bottle being open and the wine in the glass for another hour), I watched this continue to improve over the next 3 hours. It is luscious on opening, but still, relatively speaking, subtly impressive. It just needs some complexity and character, and that will take some cellaring. Drink 2016-2029.  (Apr 2014)

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Wine maker notes
This wine is the best outcome of Quinta do Monte d’Oiro’s terroir. It’s the estate’s top of the line and consistently a world-class wine, considered by international wine writers as the best Syrah in the Iberian Peninsula. A classic pairing of Syrah with Viognier. The grapes are co-fermented in stainless steel vats, followed by a long maceration. This yields a deep and vibrant wine. Further refinement for 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% second year French oak barrels adds structure and character. Finally, the wine spends 15 months in bottle before release onto the market.

Quinta do Monte d’Oiro (“Hill of Gold”) was founded by winemaker Jose Bento dos Santo in 1990. His goal was to develop top-quality wines in a European style while respecting his vineyard’s unique terroir. The wines, which are deep, mineral and personalized, carry the Quinta’s identity, and their unique robust character is a harmonious match with classical and haute cuisines. Over the past 20 years, Quinta do Monte d’Oiro has achieved international renown, with wines chosen for the Portuguese president’s cellar at the Palacio de Belem, and available at some of the best European and American restaurants, such as the Alain Ducasse Group and the Four Seasons Hotel. Additionally, Monte d’Oiro’s Homenagem a Antonio Carqueijeriro 1999, a wine produced as an homage to a great friend of Bento dos Santos, won an Iberian blind-tasting contest of the best 30 wines from Portugal and Spain. This same wine was part of Madrid’s ”Mythical Wines of the World“ tasting in 2003 and 2004, along with the legendary wines Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Beaucastel, Grange, Vega Sicilia, and Pingus.

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