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Monday, 22 October 2012

Côtto Grande Escolha 2001

15.5 / 20
Producer: Quinta do Cotto
Region: Douro
Country: Portugal

Sporting a clear, lively garnet color, this 11 year old red from the Douro shows some nice aromas, still showing some red fruit jam and dried fruits along with the more usual old wine aromas - old cupboards, the

inside of cigar boxes and dried leaves.

Light body on the palate, with marked tertiary notes, it still show some life - good acidity, for instance - but it fails to live up to the expectations set by the bouquet. While the bouquet hints at some complexity and delicacy, the taste merely reveals a nice older wine, certainly fit enough to be enjoyed, but not showing the complexity and balance I was expecting.

Although it fared better than the 2000 I tasted a couple of months ago, I was expecting more from this.

Tasted on 2012-08-21

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