Luis Pato, Quinta do Moinho, 2000
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100% Baga planted in 1989 on soils with slightly more clay and surrounded by a eucalyptus forest, the Moinho typically has darker fruit and a lovely herbaceous character that gives it an almost Cabernet like quality. Some feel, when aged, these wines can be a dead ringer for cooler vintage left bank Bordeaux, although I say fruit profile is more right bank!. Grapes are de-stemed and fermented in stainless steel by native yeasts, then aged in new and used 650L casks for two years. Bottled without fining or filtration at 13% Alcohol.
A warmer fruit profile than the 2001, even now 22 years later. A sweet cherry fruit with soft, integrated acidity (all previous reviewers called it grapefruit-like, so I'm glad I get to taste it now, not then), and a rounder tannin structure. Dust, earth, mushrooms, clay, herbs, tea, gorgeous actually. From heavy clay soils this could easily be blinded for a Pomerol, except for the prevalence of tannin still coursing throughout. While in a great place of maturity, it may continue to develop, but will certainly stay in place another 5 years or more. The 2001 has more taut structure and brighter center, second is denser and bigger and more giving. - CD