We taste through the 11 barrels that will make up the lote for Pedra e Alma 2009. All the wine comes from the same thirty year old vines (a mix of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir) and the barrels are all new French oak but from different producers and with different levels of toast. There is a real difference between Seguin Moreau (restrained), convection toasted barrels from a Chilean manufacturer, Odysé (broader tannins, more structure) and Taransaud (fresher, showing more acidity). Fortunately every barrel is up to scratch and we have a very promising lote for Pedra e Alma which will be bottled later in the year.
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