The Redoma Reserva comes from vineyards which are more than 80 years old, planted in mica-schist soils at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level. Since its first edition in 1995, the main objective in producing this wine has been to reflect the character of the Douro’s old vines. The best barrels were selected for the wine’s maturation in order to guarantee minerality, complexity and aging potential.
Grapes: Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Arinto and others Initial manual sorting followed by de-stemming
Vine age: 40 to 100 years
Vinification: Fermented in French oak barrels, on its fine lees, no batonnage, partial malo
Maturation: 10 months in neutral French Oak
94 pts Mark Squires, Robert Parker The 2015 Redoma Reserva Branco is a field blend from old vines that were aged for nine months in 30% new French oak (the remaining barrels of varying ages). It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This adds a couple of layers of depth to the regular Redoma Branco, more power and, of course, more oak. However, this will have a long aging curve and it should easily pull it in. In fact, it is becoming well integrated even now. Underneath, you get fine acidity and it drinks beautifully, but it will acquire more complexity and harmony in a few years. This, unlike the regular Redoma, really needs food. Don't treat it as a porch-sipper and don't drink it too cold.