Has anyone tried these aged Colares wines by Adega Viúva Gomes? I have to admit, they’re not sounding very appealing, but I’m amazed at a wine this old being readily for sale. Is Ramisco one of those grape varieties that age particularly well or is there some other reason why they can be so long lived? Anyone tried it?
@Alchemist Yes, I have ordered once, about 8 months ago - some lovely Porto Cruz Port and Churchill 30 year old Tawny. There’s obviously a moderate delivery charge, but the order was easily placed online and everything arrived in one piece, well packed and tracked all the way from Portugal at every stage - would recommend.
They do have some very interesting wines - the weekly emailings can include wine at just 3 or 4 euros all the way up to 90+ euros. I suspect you could get a lot of value and pleasure from their range.
@Normeric So, how would you describe Colares - it seems capable of a very long life, so I can imagine that there’s lots of tannin and some acidity to assist with that? Can you suggest another wine that would compare with it and do you have any recommendations as to good examples of Colares please. I am tempted by the TWS wine - The one from Portugal Vineyards is just too much!
So, I’ve just ordered from Portugal Vineyards. A mix of white, red, sparkling and rosé. Looking forward to the delivery but didn’t go for any ports even though it was HIGHLY tempting. I have a tws order pending for next week and the kids need to eat so trying not to look at Vinha.co.uk or decántalo…
You are right, Colares Ramisco is high in tannins and acidity. It is rich and full-bodied and has a distinctive flavour - I’m not well up enough in wine knowledge to say what it is similar to - but its distinctive flavour probably has something to do with the fact that it’s grown in clayey soil covered with sand that has protected it from phyloxera and so the vines are ancient and not grafted from North American vines as with most other European wines. Apart from the vineyard already mentioned, others are Fundacao Oriente Colares , Casal Santa Maria, and Monte Casal. It’s a tiny appelation and not much is produced, hence the high prices.Hope this is helpful.