Quinta do Vesuvio, Portugal
The 2017 Tinto (Quinta do Vesúvio), the Estate red, is a 56/41 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with a dollop of Tinta Amarela, all aged for 16 months in French oak (80% new). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. A Big Boy this year, this shows off the typical fruit of this great estate. Sexier but less refined than the Chryseia (reviewed under Prats & Symington), it has fine concentration. Those are simply relative terms, though, as both do everything very well. Although relatively less elegant, this is by no means jammy or even close to clumsy. It is also beautifully constructed. In fact, I was impressed with its balance and refinement. It always retains finesse and focus. The next day, the fruit was more expressive. It still finished with firmness, but it was much more accessible. This is a beautiful Estate Tinto, maybe the best yet. It should age well. It should also steadily improve in the cellar, and it does require some cellaring, maybe more than indicated to actually show everything it has.
Portugal / Douro