Vinha do Ujo

"The 2014 Vinha do Ujo Vinhas Velhas (Quinta da Boavista) is another of the winery's special field blends sourced from a 1930 vineyard (with vines around 90 years old). Aged for 20 months in new French oak, it comes in at 14% alcohol. This vineyard, Tony Smith said to me last year, "faces directly north and is the steepest vineyard on the estate, with narrow terraces that brook no access by tractor. All field work is done by hand or horse or mule. The rustic terracing faces directly North. We estimate that the Ujo, which is Douro slang for an Eagle Owl, contains 25 or more native varieties of grapes." Quite a mouthful, this seems a little fruitier than its sibling, the Oratório, and coats the mouth a bit more, but is mostly along the same lines—powerful, with a serious backbone and a crisp edge. Far too tight to drink now (2023 might be better), this should have a long life ahead. It seems potentially brilliant in a vintage that produced few Cima Corgo stars, but let's be a little conservative just now. Despite my general fears on the aging ability of wines in a vintage like 2014, this should improve notably in the cellar. Do not commit infanticide. There were just 1,600 bottles produced." 94+ points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate

Bottle Size: 750 mL

  • Vintage 2014
  • Producer
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Douro
  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Composition:
    TOURIGA NACIONAL, TOURIGA FRANCA, TINTA RORIZ, TINTA AMARELA, TINTA BARROCA, TINTO CÃO, Donzelinho, and Sousão
  • Winemaker Notes Located at the heart of the Cima Corgo on the Douro’s right bank with spectacular view over the river, Quinta da Boavista is one of the most iconic properties of the demarcated region. The estate was part of the first Douro demarcation ordered by the Marquis of Pombal in 1756 and it is famed not only for its 40 hectares of top-quality vines, but also for the historic ties to Joseph James Forrester. The second single vineyard wine of Quinta da Boavista comes from a north-facing, dramatically steep vineyard with extremely narrow terraces. Ujo is the local Douro name for Eagle Owl.
  • Tasting Notes Color: Intense deep ruby.
    Nose: The aromatic freshness of this wine whisks us immediately to an orchard of bergamot and other fresh wild scents, topped off by floral as well as mineral note. Superb complexity and depth.
    Palate: In the mouth this wine is unique, impressing us with its finesse and the beautiful integration with the French oak used here for aging. Long and persistent, this Ujo shows great tension.
  • Press 94+ Wine Advocate

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  • Vineyard This single vineyard wine of Quinta da Boavista comes from a north-facing, dramatically steep vineyard with extremely narrow terraces. About nine hectares of the vineyard are planted with old vines – some almost 100 years old – and the whole estate’s Port-producing vines are all classified as top-grade A category. In addition to the main five Douro grapes, other less usual varieties are planted at Boavista, such as Donzelinho and Sousão.
  • Vinification Hand selected and picked. Careful, total de-stemming and gentle pressing. Grapes are fermented in large, 500-litre French oak barrels and, after a period of maceration, transferred to 225-litre barrels, also made of French oak, for 16 months of aging. The wine is stored for at least one year before being released to the market. No stabilization or filtration means that deposits can form with age, therefore we recommend decanting before service.
    • Winemaker: Rui Cunha
    • Alochol: 13.5%
    • Acidity: 5.7 g/L
    • pH: 3.47
    • Residual Sugar: < 0.6 g/L
    • Sulfites: 93 mg/L
 

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