New Vintage Releases and Awards

23 Nov 2018 in  Wine

The year of our centenary, 2018, has been a remarkable year for us. A year of many news, some of them very special, and full of awards and distinctions for our wines:

Símbolo 2015

The 2015 edition of our top-of-the-range red Símbolo, which has recently been awarded 94+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 94 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points by Wine Spectator.

Poças Reserva Red 2016

The 2016 edition of a classic, Poças Reserva Red 2016, received 92 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Poças Porto Vintage 2016

From a year declared as Vintage, the newly launched Poças Porto Vintage 2016 received 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93 points from Wine Spectator and 17.5 points (out of 20) from the magazine Grandes Escolhas.

Poças Colheita 2008

The most recent Poças Colheita (2008) to hit the market earned 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Coroa d’Ouro and Vale de Cavalos

Also new on the market are the new harvests of Coroa d’Ouro White 2017 and Coroa d’Ouro Red 2016 (15.5 points from Grandes Escolhas) and Vale de Cavalos White 2017 and Vale de Cavalos Red 2016 (16 points from Grandes Escolhas).

Other awards:

  • Poças LBV 2013: 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • Poças Porto Colheita 1995: 16.5 points from Grandes Escolhas

Poças Vintage 2016

Sep 15, 2018
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The magazine Revista de Vinhos published an article about our Porto Vintage 2016 wines, the year with the largest Vintage declaration ever (63 brands). Our newly released Poças Vintage 2016 has received 18 points and was described as: “Dense and impenetrable ruby. Very fresh and springy nose, with elegant notes of blackberry, black plum, chocolate, coffee steam, tobacco leaf and spices. The mouth is silky, enveloping, tasty, with round but firm tannins, in an elegant profile, in which stands out the strength of the fruit and the spicy notes. A Vintage in a contemporary style, tamed and ready to drink, but which will continue to grow in the bottle over the coming decades.”
Our winemaker Jorge Pintão is seen as one of the oenologists who is leaving a mark in Port Wine.
ORIGIN: Portugal – Douro Demarcated Region
DESCRIPTION: A single harvest Port wine, produced only in years of exceptional quality. Aged in oak barrels, it is bottled between the second and third year after harvest. During aging in the bottle, it will gradually acquire the extraordinary style of a great wine of guard.
PAIRING: Ideal as a dessert or convivial wine, it pairs with very good quality cheeses, desserts and chocolates. Serve at room temperature (18ºC) after carefully decanted. It can be consumed straight away, or await a positive evolution in the bottle.

2018: A year of top wine news

Nov 30, 2018
The wine launching that we held this month in Lisbon was very special, as we used the celebration of the centenary of Poças for the launch of top quality DOC Douro wines.
Branco da Ribeira 2017 (you can read here the review by Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), our new top-of-the-range, presents itself with volume and very high acidity, reflecting the place where it comes from, a plot of the Quinta Vale de Cavalos, in Numão, in the Upper Douro, at 520 meters of altitude, from granite soils which are uncommon in the Douro.
Símbolo 2015 is the top-of-the-range red of our centenary, in its second edition. Produced from grapes harvested at Quinta de Santa Bárbara in Upper Corgo, the new Símbolo reflects the wine year of 2015, with full maturation earlier than in 2014, providing a powerful wine that already has a full aromatic expression. A toast from nature to the 100 years of Poças, as our winemaker Jorge Pintão puts it: “Símbolo 2015 is very complete and is already very pleasant to be tasted”.
During this wine presentation, the following wines were also tasted:
  • Poças Red Reserva 2016
  • Poças 10 Years Old White
  • Poças LBV 2013
  • Poças Colheita 2008
And, of course, our Very Old Tawny Port, Poças 1918, about which you can read here.

Credits: Jferrand

Lagarada at Quinta das Quartas

Oct 11, 2018
Celebrating 100 years opens the door to thinking about new challenges. We refurbished our wine presses at Quinta das Quartas and brought the past to the present.  As a way of celebrating, we invited friends, clients and employees to our Quinta das Quartas, in the Douro (Lower Corgo), where we revived the ritual of barefoot grape stomping – the lagarada.
Take a look at the photo gallery of a day of celebration. Our celebration.
Poças, what a lagarada!

Credits: Jferrand