"MOB stands for the surnames of the three Portuguese winemakers behind this project, Quinta de La Rosa’s winemaker and owner of Quinta de Poeira Jorge Moreira, Quinta de Vale Meão’s Francisco Olazabal and Passadouro winemaker and co-owner of Wine and Soul’s Jorge Serôdio Borges. The vineyards are protected by the Serra d’Estrela mountains, which protect (along with other mountain ranges throughout the Dão Valley) from the heat of the north, as well contributing to the wind and rain that their vines are exposed to. The vineyards are also surrounded by rugged scrubland, trees and large granite rocks. Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, fermented separately. Aged in used oak.
Mid to deep cherry red. Lifted and scented with both red and dark-red fruits, some lovely cherry notes without being obviously sweet. Herbal in a scrubland way, wild grasses – some whole-bunch influence, perhaps? The oak is subtle, just smoothing out the tannins. Already smooth and gentle in texture yet fresh and lively on the dry finish. Excellent harmony. An elegant, cool and relatively gentle beauty. In fact I think this is better very slightly chilled. (I had put it in the fridge to taste it again on the next day – that was too cold but a slight chill is perfect.) 16.5/20 points. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Grape Varietals: 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Alfrocheiro, 30% Jaen (Mencia). This Lote 3 seeks to be an ancient Dão with a modern approach. It is a wine with a beautiful soft color, it’s fresh and easy to drink as the ancient wines from this region but with a more charming aroma than it’s antecessors. Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and chocolate; dense and structured yet fresh.