Color - Deep red
Bouquet - Intense aromas of violets, cassis, spice and blackberries.
Taste - Full-bodied and concentrated, with rich, black fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a long,
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2011 Domini Plus is a blend of 65% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 15% Touriga Nacional. It was aged in new French oak casks for 12 months. It also spent 2 months in used Port wine casks. This has moderate tannins, better focus, a bit more concentration and overall better structure than the rest of the producer’s red offerings this issue. Its mid-palate is well on the elegant side. It is by no means a big bruiser. It is, however, the only one of the group this issue that has a little upside. All that said, it’s also the one that seems well-drenched in oak, showing lots of vanilla that makes the fruit a bit hard to find. As this aired out, I retasted it several times and it did seem to improve, but it is a bit pricey for what it is. For best results, it could use cellaring for a year or two more to give it a chance to pull in some oak. It remains subtle, but it should have the ability to reward cellaring for a few years. (Jan 2015)
DOMINI PLUS is a very limited edition wine and is produced strictly in exceptional vintages.
Grapes come from 10 acres in the Douro Superior region of northern Portugal. The well-drained soil is composed chiefly of schist, and vines average 20 years in age.
|Wine maker notes
|Traditional fermentation is carried out with full skin contact at a controlled temperature of approximately 82ºF. The resulting wine spends 12 months in new French oak casks before bottling and release. Bottled in October.
48% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 22% Touriga Francesa.
|Enjoy with grilled red meats, hearty casseroles and aged cheeses