Palpite Reserva Tinto 2015

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Palpite Reserva Tinto 2015

The Palpit Tinto Reserva is a cuvee from Aragonez, Alicante Bouchet and Touriga Nacional. The grapes ripen in the hot and dry Mediterranean climate of the southern Portuguese plateau. The cool nights serve to maintain the acidity. The soils are sterile rocky slate soils and naturally produce low yields of concentrated, healthy fruits. The grapes for this cuvee are carefully selected and only optimally ripened grapes are harvested for this wine. The fermentation takes place in small vats at a constant temperature of 27 degrees and with natural yeasts. The wine then matures in French oak barrels for 18 months. In a deep ruby ​​red with dark purple shades, the palpit flows into the glass. Wonderful aromas of red and black fruits pour out of the glass, almost beguiling, with some menthol and fine floral notes. This concentrated red wine spoils the palate with wonderful aromas of ripe dark fruit, along with strong, but wonderfully rounded tannins. Very full-bodied and wonderfully smooth in texture with fine herbal and light floral notes. Then there is liquorice and exciting spicy aromas. All of this is always framed by a wonderful freshness, so that the wine never appears fat or rich. A very generous, mouth-filling wine with an incredibly long and wonderfully soft finish. 94-95 / 100

Parker: The 2015 Reserva Palpite is a blend of 55% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet and 15% Touriga Nacional, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at a hefty 15.5% alcohol this year. Yet it seems like a Burgundy in Alentejo this year too. In some ways, it is the winery's middle-of-the-road red, an easy-to-understand style in an accessible yet distinctive package. Suave and rather silky in this fresh vintage, it is filled with flavor but always remains fresh. Precise and focused, it ends with surprisingly lifted fruit on the finish. It is nicely structured too. You can approach this now, but it might be better to give it a year or two if you can, just to allow it to become more expressive. This might be my favorite in the brand so far, but I'd still like to see some evidence that it holds its balance with that alcohol hit as it ages. I saw no evidence of a problem so far, quite to the contrary. Time will tell, but it certainly looks promising. There were 20,000 bottles produced. 93/100