Quinta do Coa Tinto 2008 (Organic) 13.5% 75cl
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The heat and sub-Saharan nature of the Coa Valley and Douro Superior in general would easily lead one to expect the reds from Quinta do Coa to be huge fruit bombs, but this is rarely the case. Very finely grained fruit and wood tannins provide the structure for a lovely purity of fruit character mulberries and cherries, and good length.
This collection of dramatic vineyards (115 Hectares) and olive groves (300 Hectares), established by Celso Madeira over the past 50 years, take us to a part of the Douro region that has been until recently the preserve of a few but committed and gritty farmers.
This is extreme climate and terrain with expansive scenery.Where there is Schist and some rainfall (450mm) things grow though and the Madeira family does it all according to organic principles. Celso has passed the baton to his two sons, Rui (Winemaking) and Filipe (Marketing), who at their state-of- the- art winery, are making some pure fruited, expressive and cultured wines to charm us with.
From their first estate Quinta do Ca comes a Tinto full of ripe black fruits, and warm spice, topped only by the concentrated and compact Reserva Tinto.