The 2017 Prazo de Roriz is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz and 20% mixed grapes, all aged for six monthsin used French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Seeming likejust-crushed fruit, this is remarkably concentrated for the level,without being jammy. Expressive, fruit forward and still supported bygood structure, this is a big, ripe and rather dramatic Prazo this year.The fruit does have a certain warmth to it. That doesn't mean heat, tobe clear, but ripeness. It is not always the most lifted fruit on thefinish. However, this certainly tastes great and has some sex appeal.The price is right for the big finish and flavor. At the moment, youmight like it even better than the score suggests. It would be nice ifit could develop a bit more finesse with a year in the cellar, but ifyou're looking for one to cellar, the producer's Post Scriptum (reviewedthis issue as well) would be a better choice.
Seit 1999 verbindet die Familie Symington und Bruno Prats - Letzterer Weinmacher und ehemaliger Besitzer von Cos d'Estournel - die Leidenschaft, Spitzenweine im Douro-Tal herzustellen. Gemeinsam haben sie auf Quinta de Roriz einen neuen Weinkeller konzipiert und keltern à la bordelais aus heimischen Sorten raffinierte, facettenreiche Rotweine.