It has been so torrentially wet (and cold) that I have been unable to venture outside for the first two days of this week. Now it is hailing and 2oC. At 9.30am group oftecnicos from Real Companhia Velha in the Douro come to see the vineyard. We spend the morning walking round the quinta feeling the cold before retreating to Tomba Lobos for lunch (Quails cooked in honey accompanied by chestnut purée).
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