WINE OF THE MONTH
October 15, 2018 by PWM
2008 QUINTA SEARA D'ORDENS
RESERVA RED DOURO, PORTUGAL
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
João Leite Moreira & his two sons are the fourth generation stewards of this historic estate situated in the heart of Douro country. They are dedicated to eco-friendly agriculture (which really is the norm in the Douro, you'd do the same if you lived there, it's GORGEOUS!) and balancing new advances in wine production with the long tradition of their famous zone.
The wines from this estate are made in extremely small quantities and are rarely seen outside of a 100 mile radius of the quinta. The current vintage is the 2015, but after visiting the estate and tasting a vertical from 2005-2015 I fell in love with the 2008. An exceptional year in the Douro & at a decade under its belt this wine is hitting on all cylinders.
The 2008 Quinta Seara Reserva), the flagship wine, is an old vines (planted at the end of the 19th Century) field blend aged for 12 months in new French oak. Although a field blend, I'm told that Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca predominate. Full bodied and gripping, this nonetheless has fine balance. A powerful wine that needed the time in the bottle. Sometimes surprisingly sexy, it is a wine with a lot of upside that simply coats the palate. Tasted again the next day, this was even better. It put on weight, showed even better balance and pulled in some oak. On the third day, it was better still. It seems quite brilliant. If it's not my favorite Douro red--it may well be--it is certainly going on the short list of contenders for Best of I have ever had! LIMITED!!