Boa Vista, 2015

Quinta da Boavista Vinha do Oratorio Vinhas Velas
93 Points Mark Squire (Wine Advocate)

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 14%


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The icon vineyard of Quinta da Boavista, the Vinha do Oratório is formed in high and curved terraces in the shape of an oratory that reach eight meters in height. This vineyard, facing east, has an altitude that varies between 80 and 175 meters and has a mixture of more than 25 Douro grape varieties. With an average age of over 80 years, these vineyards allow us to produce a wine of remarkable concentration and complexity

Located near Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro river, Quinta da Boavista has an extraordinary view over the river. It is one of the most iconic estates in the demarcated region, known not only for its historical connection with the Baron of Forrester, but also for its 36 hectares of high-quality vines.
The grapes for this wine come from a single parcel, named Oratório (Oratory) due to its impressive wavy terraces almost eight meters high.




93Points Mark Squire Wine advocate
The 2015 Vinha do Oratório Vinhas Velhas (Quinta da Boavista) is a field blend from very old vines (90 years or so) aged in two-thirds new French oak for 20 months. It comes in at 13.6% alcohol. At least from this tasting, this is no better than the 2014, perhaps a step behind. It does add that flavor component that the 2014 lacked, but it doesn't seem quite as powerful or as concentrated. On the happy side, the fruit is more vivid and it is notably less rustic. It seems a little understated—or perhaps a bit closed. It is still pretty beautiful, silky, bright, fresh and chock-full of flavor. It may well improve with a bit more time in bottle—it did tighten notably from my first to my third taste—but at this point, it does not seem like much of a step up on the regular Reserva, or on the 2014. There is a good chance this can wake up and flesh out. Stick it in the cellar for a few years. There is some upside potential and it may surprise us. This will be released in October. There were 1,200 bottles produced. Drink 2020 - 2037 MS Wine Advocate 2018

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