Monday, December 14, 2009

*** $ Coroa D'ouro Reserva Red Wine, 2004, Douro, Portugal - Review and Rating

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Original Review, February, 2009: The Coroa D'ouro Red Wine is a dry red wine made by Pocas Junior group from the section of Portugal most well-known for its sweet port wines. Coroa D'ouro is a blend of touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta roriz and tinta barroca.

In the glass it is very deep red, turning pink at the edge. The nose is deep, lush, rich of velvet red and oak. A bit of old-school funk in there!

On the palate, a bright red fruit at the front is quickly paired with husky, fresh tannins at the top of your mouth. A darker, violet flavor moves towards the back of the throat with the acids. Glad this already has a few years in the bottle. Could use even a couple more. Finish is fleshy, deep fruity and clean, with a touch of charred oak.

Three stars out of five, and an outstanding value.

Wine Spectator awarded 87 points and said, "Firm, focused and juicy, with good density to the plum, berry and dark cherry flavors. The spicy finish features medium-weight tannins. Drink now. 20,000 cases made."

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Updated about a year later, December, 2009:

Funk is gone from the aroma, but still lushness there. Red fruit in front, with acids and tannins lifting the dry cherries. No darkness now, it is all clean and bright. Yes, violets are still apparent. Fruit wrapped in clean acids finishes the sip. Held the extra year of age very well. Definitely drinkable now, five years from vintage date. Could be held another couple years though.

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