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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Vinha Val dos Alhos 2009

15.5 / 20
Producer: Casa Agrícola Horácio Simões
Region: Setúbal
Country: Portugal

Dark ruby to te eye, the nose on this 100% Castelão from near Palmela shows some intense and sweet dark and red fruits notes, in a very classical Castelão nose.

Feeling very young in the mouth, with some hard - although manageable - tannins and a fresh feel to it, this keeps the classical, fresh Castelão fruit in the palate all the way to the medium-length finale where a marked vegetable, greenish note - think bell peppers - appears which is not very usual for Castelão, although not unpleasant by all means.

This wine tends to grow and develop a bit more complexity given time in the glass, so decant it an hour or so before drinking it. Or wait a couple of years before opening the bottle.

Tasted on 2012-05-27

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