Marques de Borba Reserva 2009 (RP 92, Sold by wooden case of 3 bottles only)
Hong Kong, Wine, 紅酒
The 2009 RESERVA “MARQUES DE BORBA,” a blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in new French oak barriques, is most clearly differentiated from its siblings reviewed this issue by, at the moment, sweet oaky notes. That’s not a good thing, most will say, but this bottling always shows its oak when young. It should make it work and integrate it well as time goes on. A bit differently styled than the more elegant ’08 that I loved, it nonetheless has a statement to make in its own sexier style. With the 2008, it represents a very fine back-to-back duo from Ramos, both showing some finesse, precision and power. As I’ve come to expect, this is plainly the wine in the lineup that has the best chance to age gracefully. It does, unlike its siblings, need a little more time in the cellar to pull itself together and show all that it has to offer. Whether it is worth the considerable price uptick—that’s up to you. Drink 2013-2024.
Deep in colour. Enormous concentration of aromas. Notes of jammay red fruits and spices. Potent and elegant. Solid, vigorous, with compact and well integrated tannis. Long and distinct finish. A wine for ageing.
By hand to small cases of 15 kg
Part of the harvest is foot trodden in traditional shallow, open marble troughs, knowns as lagares. The remainder is fermented in wooden vats with temperature control, with a long postfermentation maceration. Malolactic fermentation then takes place in the barrels.
12 months in small French oak barrels.
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