Vintage 1997

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1997 Vintage

Designation of origin
DO Porto
Grape varieties
Traditional Douro varieties
Carlos Soeiro


Parcels of vines situated on the steep slopes of the River Pinhão at an altitude of 150-400m, with poor, stony schistose soil; low yielding vines with grapes of high concentration and quality.

1997 vintage

Unusual year. Dry winter characterised by a warm February. Rainy spring and a cold month of May. Long, hot and dry summer. Wines rich in tannins with some of particularly excellent quality.


Fresh grapes and at their ideal ripeness are picked by hand into 20 kg boxes. Following the removal of the stalk and smooth crushing, the grapes were placed in a stainless steel cube for 5 days of pellicular maceration, fermenting for five days, with three daily delestage processes before continuing to macerate following fortification for a further three days. This resulted in an excellent wine extract. Then aged in old French balseiros (vats). Blending was done in March 2000.

Wine tasting updated in June 2017

Oenologist Luís Leocádio

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Tasting notes

Golden hued red in colour, this gives off a very rich aroma, concentrated and incorporating mature red fruits and liquorice. To the taste, full bodied and robust with touches of blackberries and raspberries in conjunction with a notably aromatic persistence. 

Service and harmonization

Goes particularly well with cheeses such as Serra, Stilton, Gorgonzola and other fatty examples. Ideal to accompany sweet deserts and rich in fruit preserve flavours. Decant and serve at 17º - 18ºC.

Awards and Prizes

Gold Medal
  • VI ACIC Wine Competition - PORTUGAL
Silver Medal Bronze Medal

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