This sample was actually a finished wine. The 2011 Ferreira is a blend of 45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz and 5%Sousao, all aged in large oak wooden vats in VilaNova de Gaia before bottling in April 2011. It has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, incense and melted dark chocolate that is very open and welcoming. The palate is full-bodied and understated on the entry, but do not be deceived,for there is a second wave of spicy, damson fruit laced with white pepper and even Szechuan pepper towards the finish. I am just seeking a little more persistency, although that may develop with bottle age. Tasted May 2013 Wine Advocate
Bright dark ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice are accented by pepper and mineral notes and complemented by a superripe balsamic quality. Fleshy and voluminous, showing exotic sweetness to its round, deep, very ripe blueberry and licorice flavors. Finishes with big, plush tannins and excellent length, but the wine's ripe acidity and minerality give it a youthfully aggressive edge that calls for a decade or more of aging. Great potential. An outstanding vintage for Ferreira, following an excellent 2007.
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