Castello d'Alba Limited Edition Douro Red 2013
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.
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.