Carm Familia Roboredo Madeira Douro Superior Reserva 2008
The 2008 RESERVA is a Douro Superior blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Francisca and Touriga Franca, aged for 18 months in a mixture of used American and French oak. What do you get by trading up here from the regular Tinto? Not much, frankly, other than some obvious oaky notes, the sweet vanilla nuances that obscure the fruit. It does have a sweet 'n' sexy feel to it that will delight many, plus the same nice structure and focus. It doesn't have much more concentration, though, and it is well marked by the oak, noting, in fairness, that the oak did integrate somewhat with air. It is very nice in many respects, but particularly in the shorter term many will be as happy or more so with the less expensive, regular Tinto, depending largely on how you feel about the oaky overlay. I suspect this will separate itself, though, with little cellaring. Drink now-2020.Score: 89. —Mark Squires, February 2011.
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