January has been wet and cold. Driving up to Portalegre I cross rivers that are stagnant pools in the summer and are now in full flow. At least the rain is falling at the right time. This time last year the ground was bone dry, then torrential rain fell in April and May during the flowering just when we didn’t want it. I arrive at Quinta do Centro to find the barragem full and nearly overflowing.
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty