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Quinta da Lagoalva (Ribatejo) 1994
Delicious stuff. A blend of native periquita and cabernet sauvigon, this wine is a deep, dense, dark ruby colour. On the nose there is a very claret-like impression of blackcurrant, smoke, tobacco and cedar. Quite full and rich on the palate, there is more punchy blackcurrant fruit, but also a succulent, chewy depth of damsons and black fruit and plenty of tannins and acidity, though these are well integrated. Some nice influence from new oak (Portugeuse) adds further depth. Good finish too, if not great length. (08/98)