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Ferreira Casa Ferreirinha Douro Quinta Da Leda 2009 750ml
SKU 755958
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Ferreira Casa Ferreirinha Douro Quinta Da Leda Red Blend 2009

Douro - Portugal

Professional Wine Reviews for Ferreira Casa Ferreirinha Douro Quinta Da Leda Red Blend 2009

Rated 94 by Robert Parker
The 2009 QUINTA DA LEDA (CASA FERREIRINHA) is a familiar icon in the region. It is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Roriz, aged in a 50/50 mixture of new and old oak. In this array of specialty wines from Sogrape, this most iconic and traditional label is the least expensive and easily my favorite. This is a lovely vintage here. The wine has purity and it is expressive, becoming slightly earthy as the ripe fruit integrates. It is also a bit steely while remaining rich and fragrant. There are certainly some powerful tannins here, more and more apparent with air. It needs to be cellared, but ultimately it should be beautifully balanced and quite harmonious. It is a lovely effort that should be a consensus favorite. Although harmonious enough to be almost approachable now, it is hardly at peak. Don't waste your bottles. You would be well advised to put it away for a few years to give it a chance to settle down and evolve. Come back around 2016, give or take. There were 30,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2029.
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Vintage: 2009

Despite less than ideal climatic conditions, featuring storms which threatened an otherwise perfect year, most parts of California had an excellent year for viticulture. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs were picked at optimum ripeness, and Californian white wine was just about as good as it could be. Surprises and overcoming difficulties summed up much of the United States' wine industry in 2009, and many of the results from Oregon, Washington State and all over California speak for themselves, with the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes having developed healthy, thick skins and thus plenty of character and distinction. Elsewhere in the New World, South Africa had a very good year in 2009, and wineries across the cape of the African continent are proclaiming it a truly great vintage. In most of Europe, fine weather and punctual ripening periods produced some excellent wines, with many of the best coming out of France's Bordeaux and the surrounding regions. Merlot had an exceptionally good year in France, and wineries are proclaiming that the 2009 Merlot harvest was one of the best in living memory. Indeed, across most of France, ripening was relatively even, and red wine grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Syrah and others were reportedly highly characterful, with plenty of the required tannin levels with which to make high quality wines. Italy, too, had a very good 2009. Piedmont reported extremely favorable conditions throughout 2009, and their signature Nebbiolo grapes were more or less perfect when harvested, having benefited from the slight drop in temperature at the end of their ripening period. Veneto, too, had an enviable year, producing superb Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines in 2009.

Region: Douro

The undisputed jewel in Portugal's crown is the beautiful wine region of Douro, located along the banks of the river from where it gets its name. The region itself is renowned around the world for its range of wonderfully aromatic fortified wines, as well as a wide variety of still red and white wines made from native grape varietals. Wineries in the Douro region utilize a huge amount of different local grapes for their characterful wines, but generally the most popular are made from Tinta Roriz, a rich and flavorful red wine grape related to Spain's flagship Tempranillo. However, there are plenty of different red and white grape varietals used in the region, all benefiting from the excellent hot weather and mineral rich terroir which characterizes the Douro valleys.

Country: Portugal

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.