Claudia's Reserve Red 2018 - New Release
Red Douro Wine
Special Offer | Was £14.95 | Now £11.95
89+ Points - Robert Parker
Bottle size: 75cl
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This 2018 Claudia's Reserve red wine is a blend of 11%Touriga Nacional, 15%Touriga Franca and 74%Tinta Roriz, aged for 12 months in second use French oak. It is a ripe, tannic and herbal wine, this has been produced for aging. It shows a dark tannic side over the juicy black plum fruits and berry flavours. The wood ageing shows in the way the wine smoothes out at the end, leaving a rich, full-bodied aftertaste.
Drink now - 2030
Most of the wines from the Douro are named after the vineyards where the grapes that make the wine come from. Difficult names, hardly to pronounce and easy to forget. Also, they commit the winemaker to a blend of grapes from that property that in certain years, being for a dry Winter, rainy Spring or just under performance of a certain variety the winemaker maybe not like that much. On the top of that our winemaker has a lovely name that is hard to forget. Exactly, Claudia it is! So Claudia’s wine is an expression of what Claudia, the winemaker together with Teresa, love most on each harvest. Claudia’s wine is a blend of grapes from different plots. They don’t follow the some recipe every harvest as the vines don’t produce the same grapes every year. One thing we can assure, all our grapes are hand picked and treated as small treasures.
New - Note photo shows 2016. The new release is 2017.
The 2018 Claudia's Reserve is mostly a 49/35 blend of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, plus small amounts of others, mostly Touriga Nacional, for the rest. It was all aged for 10 months in used French oak. It comes in at 14.1% alcohol. Of the three value-priced reds from Quevedo this report, this is the only one with some tannic pop and firmness on the finish. For a mere $2 more over the Oscar's Organic, it would be my pick. Finishing with precision and good fruit, this is also the only one of the value-priced wines with some chance to improve and develop notably. I'm not completely convinced it will, but it certainly has a shot. Given the price point, it's a reasonable value even if this is what you get. In that regard, the tannins are real but still fairly ripe, so you can approach this now.
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