Conceito - Douro Red 2013

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Wine Advocate

The 2013 Estate Tinto is an old vines (80-years-old at 450 meters) field blend aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (half new, half second use). As often happens, this is rather drenched in new wood just now, but that stage will pass; it always does. Tasting this next to the Contraste is interesting just now because the Contraste projects as much power (or more) and has fewer oak artifacts. That's deceptive actually, because what changes here is the balance and perception. This has more real concentration and more sensual texture. The fruit also absorbs the power more easily. The oak is a bit annoying just now, but when the oak subsides, as it began to do with aeration, this should be another fine success for the winery, fresh as well as structured. It may not quite have the lift of the 2012 version, but it ultimately fleshed out and displayed better concentration (granting that I don't have them side-by-side just now). This has a fine future--it's just a little hard to find at the moment. Be prepared to wait a few years. At the moment, it is mostly about its potential.Mark Squires (Wine Advocate #222, Dec 2015)