1989 Cabernet Sauvignon
Quinta do Poço do Lobo
Bottle size: 75cl
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The 1989 Poco de Lobo Cabernet Sauvignon is a super cool old-school Cab. With a deep garnet colour, the wine shows impressive nose of cassis, licorice and sous bois, with dry herbs such as oregano and thyme and expressive varietal tertiary characteristics of leather, cigar box, dried mushrooms and forest floor. On the palate it is savory and full bodied with a beautiful balance between its fresh acidity and tertiary aromatics. This is still very fresh and mouth-watering on the palate with a medium plus finish. Very good indeed!
VWP tasting 19/06/19.
Read more about the history of the bottle here .
Caves S. Joao, established in 1920, became a dominant force in Portuguese wine making in the early 20th century with their houses Porta dos Cavaleiros in Dao and Frei Joao in Bairrada. Given the shifting trends in consumer preferences, Bairrada and Dao fell to obscurity in the 1990s when critical influence drove the demand for bigger, extracted, warmer climate wines. As in all things, however, what comes around goes around! Sure enough, 20 years later savvy consumers and food-conscious sommeliers are looking for finesse and freshness and heading back to Bairrada and Dao. Wines that when young had a vegetal character, pronounced tannins and high acidity aged gracefully when kept in perfect condition at the winery for 20-40 years, and are now pristine examples of mature wines with profound finesse and irreplicable complexity.
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