Bussaco Palace Hotel Reservado Tinto 2015


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“The 2015 Tinto Reservado Buçaco (there was no 2014, the worst year in the last 20, said Wine Director Antonio Rocha) is a 60/40 blend of Touriga Nacional and Baga, aged in new French oak for approximately 12 months. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Fresh, structured and silky, this is a red with bold flavors, fine aromatics and a crisp edge. Showing gorgeous mid-palate finesse, it ends with ripe tannins supporting the fruit. Antonio said he likes this better than the 2011 and considers this (the red, not the white) one of the best (along with 2010 and 2011) for the last decade or so. I’m not convinced as yet—the 2011 was pretty stunning and the 2010 was no small achievement—but the finesse here is better. I questioned the concentration—it has a certain understated feel—but Antonio believes this has fine concentration too. It is on the subtle side, but as it sat in the glass, it began to flesh out and tighten a bit. As understated as it often seems, it has plenty of room for improvement in the cellar. Let’s be a little conservative and let it show its stuff in time. This won’t be released until next year. Typically, they age well, so buy a bottle to try young and put a few away for several years as well. Drink: 2018-2045. 92 points”

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (238)