Quinta da Falorca

(company name, Quinta Vale Das Escadihnaas– Sociedade Agrícola de Silgueiros, S.A.)
Pindelo de Silgueiros – 3500-543

ilgueiros

Phone: 232 95 00 90

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This quinta is a great bastion of traditional Dao style. Falorca’s current releases are 4-5 years old, purposefully held off the market until they are beginning to drink at their best.

 

Their vineyards average 40 year old vines, with some vineyards as old as 70 years. These contain more than 30 different Touriga clones and this important genetic stock is carefully preserved by grafting cuttings from existing old vines on to new roots.

 

Although more recent vintages have crept up into higher levels of alcohol, looking back over the last decade, Falorca’s vineyards are consistently able to produce ripe tannins and sugar levels in Touriga Nacional at 13-13.5% alcohol.

 

Falorca consistently produce very likeable wines, tipping in the direction of just enough of modern technique, while always managing to err on side of tradition. I’ve had the honor of tasting 1960s era Falorca reds that are still holding up well and all the newer wines maintain a recognizable connection back to these.

Quinta da Falorca Colheita Seleccionada 2006 50% was matured in 2nd year oak. I tasted this freshly bottled, so it was quite closed down, just hinting of mineral and black fruit aromas. Nicely concentrated with tight acidity, with time and better integration I expect this wine to score much higher. Sells for 7.5eu locally. Tasted 10.2012 

Quinta da Falorca Garrafeira 2004 14.5% This co-fermented blend of Touriga Nacional, Rufet, Roriz, Alfrocheiro, and many unknown grapes comes from an 80 plus year old vineyard. Cold soaked overnight night in lagar and then pressed by foot, the result is an inky, dense, complex wine, with well integrated aromas, intensely ripe, sweet black fruit up front.  Condensed, seamless and fine bodied, tannins are fine, supple and ultra-ripe. Topping this is a long, melt-away finish. The wine is currently on Fat Duck’s wine list. Tasted 10.2012 

Quinta da Falorca Garrafeira 2007 14% Still in bottle resting now and unreleased as of yet, this offers seamless, fresh delicate florals, creamy, seamless, textures and fine tannins. Comparatively more elegant, refined and polished than 2004, potentially better when released, I preferred its elegance and linearity. Tasted 10.2012 

Quinta da Falorca Palha Malhada 2001 13% This unoaked traditional blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Jaen has been their entry level from 2001. Nicely rounded, with red fruits throughout, this is a straightforward, soft, succulent, easy drinking, traditional Dao style with great acidity. Tasted 10.2012

Quinta da Falorca Reserve 2001 13.5% This Touriga Nacional dominant blend, with Roriz and Alfrocheiro, was matured in French oak. Leading with nicely perfumed savory, red fruit aromas, followed up with soft, succulent red fruits in the mouth, good acidity and length. This was served with salmon at Fat Duck restaurant. Tasted 10.2012

Quinta da Falorca T-Nac 2008 14% This is a great little unoaked wine, highlighting pure Touriga characters: broad blueberry-violet, mineral tinged aromas, juicy, firm, slightly astringent tannins and black fruits on finish. It potentially may develop more elegance with time in bottle. Selling locally for 8.5eu. Tasted 10.2012 

Quinta da Falorca T-Nac 2009 Intentionally fruit driven, this unoaked style emphasizes pure, fresh Touriga characters: savory black fruit/red fruit aromas; soft, succulent, juicy, sappy black fruits in the mouth; and powdery mid-palate tannins.  More polished aromas and textures than T-nac 08, nevertheless I found it a very enticing, highly gluggable wine. Still very young, it has potential to improve with age. Tasted 10.2012 

Quinta da Falorca Tinto 2007 This traditional unoaked blend is predominantly 60% Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Roriz, Jaen, and Rufet. It is nicely balanced with mineral black fruit aromas and dried red fruit flavors, round textures and lovely acidity. Tasted 10.2012 Sells locally for 5.5eu 

Quinta da Falorca Touriga Nacional 2002 13% Exhibiting solid Touriga varietal characters: broad violet-tinged floral aromas, black fruit and dried herbal flavors with fruit and dusty tannins through to finish. Drinking well now, the wine has good concentration and soft textures on entry, but remains well structured with firm enough tannins to age another decade. Tasted 10.2012