100pts Wine Enthusiast
This impressively structured wine shows a perfect balance between its powerful, spicy fruits and firm tannins. Dense tones of dark berries and smoke are rich and flavorful, bringing the wine to a perfect conclusion. It's immensely ageworthy. Drink from 2030.
96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Vintage Port is a roughly equal blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with 10% a field blend from old vines and a smaller dollop of Sousáo, coming in with 103 grams of residual sugar. My favorite of the three Sogrape offerings just now—if the Sandeman comes into good balance a decade on, it might be the winner—this is an elegant Port with stunning fruit and excellent structure too. Perfectly put together and seeming drier than its statistics would suggest, this is a potential beauty. It is more expressive than its siblings (including the Offley and Sandeman). If it is not as rich as the Sandeman, it is fresher, more precise and more lifted. It should hold well. When tasted the next day, it tightened up with additional aeration, but it was still approachable. I loved its purity, in particular, at that point. It now has to prove it can evolve and age. It should. Range: 94-96
Deep color, almost opaque, with intense and complex aromas with floral and balsamic notes, combined with resin, cedar, tobacco box, black fruits, spices, pepper, and a slightly stony touch. On the palate it has excellent body, very well integrated acidity, powerful tannins, and notes of spices with a long, lively finish of great harmony.
Blend: 45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 10% Vinhas Velhas, 5% Sousão
The structure of this extraordinary wine, rich and elegant, is a perfect match to dark chocolate, red and wild berries desserts and intense cheeses, such as a strong blue cheese.