2017 Quinta da Boavista Vinha do Ujo Vinhas Velhas

109.95 90.87
Type of Wine Red
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Winery Quinta da Boavista
Year 2017
Grape Blend Rood
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2022 - 2040
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Quinta da Boavista is located near Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro River, and has an extraordinary view over the river. It is one of the most iconic estates in the demarcated region, known not only for its historic link to the Baron of Forrester, but also for its 36 hectares of high quality vines.
Vinha do Ujo stands for decades of dedication and attention to detail to ensure that this wine shows its charismatic expression of a unique terroir.

Vinha do Ujo was planted before 1930 on horizontal terraces predating the phylloxera (grape louse) and the land is supported by small slate walls. With over 25 grape varieties , diversity is guaranteed and only achievable from such old vines. They are spread over small terraces facing north with an altitude varying between 180 and 210 meters. These vines are curated year after year by the experienced hands of those who have lived in the Douro for generations.

The Boavista Vinha do Ujo is a Vinhas Velhas (+90 years old) or Vieile vignes (VV). To ensure the characteristics of the varietals contained in this field blend, Quinta da Boavista uses manual harvesting and manual grape grading processes, followed by gentle berry debarking and crushing. The grape fermentation takes place in new 500 liter French wooden barrels. After a period of maceration, the resulting wine is aged for 16-20 months in 225 liter French oak barriques barrels. The wines are not filtered or cold stabilized and therefore they can produce a sediment with age.

With an appealing and challenging ruby red color, this Quinta da Boavista Vinha do Ujo is inviting. Subtle at first, it unravels its character in the glass. With notes of wood intertwined with fine notes of spice, it captivates for its aromas of blueberries and other wild berries. Delicate in the beginning, it quickly takes over and reveals its multiple complex layers in a subtle and exciting way. A wine that impresses with its length and that will improve even further with the years. Only around 1,200 bottles are made of this unique wine in the top years. Parker writes in his review (95/100 Parker) "... Wherever the ceiling is, however, you won't regret drinking this.... "

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Vineyard for 2017 Quinta da Boavista Vinha do Ujo Vinhas Velhas

For the start of Quinta da Boavista, we go back to the first demarcation of this wine region in the Douro, in 1756. The estate is clearly documented on renowned maps from 1843 made by the owner Joseph James Forrester (Baron van Forrester). These maps later became known as important references for the area: "Mappa do Paiz Vinhateiro do Alto Douro" (1843) and "Douro Portuguez e Paiz Adjacente" (1848). In the intervening years up to 2020, the winery has had its fair share of owners and challenges.

But over the years, the expertise in the winery has grown steadily. This was given a boost when Sogevinus Fine Wines, one of the largest Douro wine groups, bought the winery in 2020. Despite Quinta da Boavista's long existence, since 2020 the winery has experienced exponential growth in expertise & quality and has been known ever since as the Douro icon.

Because it all started in the Douro: This majestic river, which enters Portugal from Spain to the Atlantic Ocean, in Porto, is the backbone of one of the most authentic and unique wine regions in the world. It is home to an impressive variety of indigenous varieties and many Vinhas Velhas (old vines). On the right bank of the river is the iconic estate of Quinta da Boavista, with 36 hectares of high-quality vines. These vineyards are spread over a dazzling geometric setting of hand-built terraces and supported by small slate walls, typical of the region. Some terraces are almost eight meters high and this, together with the extreme climate and dramatic steep slopes, makes for a unique terroir.

The wines of Quinta da Boavista are among the absolute Grand Crus of Portugal. The Vinhas Vehas Ujo and Oratorio have become international icon wines.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Winery Quinta da Boavista
Grape Blend Rood
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2017
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2040
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Romantisch
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