Wine & Spirits 92
"A tight, floral red, this wine buzzes with peppery spice, its tart blueberry fruit providing a counterpoint to the structure, making the wine feel gentle, touched with just enough sweetness to give it a generous, friendly grace. Pour it with roast lamb."
The 2014 Tinto is a blend of 40 Touriga Nacional, 30 Touriga Franca and 30 Tinta Roriz, aged for 16 months in used French oak. It comes in at 13.5 alcohol. Adding some smoothness and cream to the texture of the Passa (the other red at the lower price level this issue), this maintains the Passa's dry and serious feel. It is a bit sterner and duller than it normally is, frankly. While it shows some power and reasonably good concentration, there is little in the way of vivid, lifted flavor. Overall, it's still a respectable performance for the regular Tinto in this difficult vintage. It will drink well young, although it could probably use six months to settle down.
Quinta do PassadouroView all from Quinta do Passadouro
Quinta do Passadouro is located on the left bank of the Pinhão River in the Douro Valley. The estate is co-owned by the Bohrmann family and Jorge Serôdio Borges, whose family has been in the Port wine business for years. As a testament to his pedigree in the industry, Jorge also serves as director and head winemaker.
This sprawling property in the heart of the Douro's Cima Corgo consists of two different vineyards: Quinta do Passadouro and Quinta do Sibio. Both vineyards boast a range of indigenous varieties native to the Douro, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão and Tinta Barroca.