Castello d'Alba Limited Edition Douro Red 2013 - SPIRITED Wines
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Castello d'Alba Limited Edition Douro Red 2013
SKU: 58224

Castello d'Alba Limited Edition Douro Red 2013

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750ml
$39.99

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Category Red Wine
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Castello d'Alba
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Aroma: Complex, highly concentrated, including blackberry, hints of liquorice, spices, violets, bergamot and rock rose, balanced with very elegant notes of French oak. Flavor: Long and full, the fruit is evident in the finish. Very ripe, smooth and firm tannins, fresh and extremely elegant, promising excellent ageing in the bottle. Pairings: Enjoy with meat and game dishes, cured cheeses or simply with a cigar.
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This field blend has rich tannins and concentrated new-wood aging flavors. Ripe, generous mint and black-plum fruits are powered by the dark, firm texture. It demonstrates great style as well as powerful fruit and tannins. Drink from 2018.

Roger Voss, October 2017
Wine Advocate
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The 2013 Castello d'Alba Limited Edition is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% from a field blend of old vines, 15% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in 67% new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Laced with vanilla, this then shows a fair hit of tannins, while the fruit is hard to find. There are times when it seems rather upscale, with velvety texture and a gripping finish. The concentration, though, seems average and the wine is not yet in good balance. This may perform better in time, but between its oak, modest mid-palate when contrasted with the power and relative astringency, let's be a bit conservative right now. If it works it all out-and it might, although I have my doubts-it will be entitled to an uptick.

Mark Squires, December 2017