Lunch at Sever, Marvão. We are served a seasonal dish called Ervilhas Tortas(‘Twisted Peas’). Basically this is a casserole of locally grown mange tout withchouriço, poached egg and plenty of olive oil. It sounds rustic but it is delicious and it went well with the first showing of Duas Pedras 2009 which is now in bottle. This wine is looking very good indeed, fresh, fragrant and packed with supple yet sappy fruit. The floral Touriga does not dominate the blend and sits well with the Syrah. There is no notion of the vines being just three years old in 2009. We are showing Duas Pedras to the consumer for the first time tonight at a dinner in Portalegre.
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