Sweet dark primary cherry notes flood the nose here, with complex earthy, garrigue notes following closely behind. On the palate the initial impression of sweet and sour cherry leads on to dark chocolate, cigar, strawberry, flowers and fine herbs. With plenty of mineral backbone this is at once rich and bright with fine acidity and gripping, granitic tannins. Displaying a near constant evolution in the glass this is complex stuff indeed.
The Palace Hotel Bussaco began life in 1917, nestled between Bairrada and Dao, an hour south of Oporto right in the middle of what was then a bustling holiday retreat for Portugal's wealthy elite. Its gothic grandeur, maintained all but unchanged by the de Almeida family over the past near century serves as a visual clue to the highly traditional, classical and timeless wines the hotel winery produces.
Stylistically, the two great Portuguese grapes of the red, Baga and Touriga Nacional produce a wine of great depth of flavour but also bright and uplifting acidity. Moreover, they are wines that continue to evolve in the glass offering layer upon layer of complexity. Lovers of Nebbiolo, Northern Rhone Syrah, and of course Baga, will undoubtedly find these fascinating and individual wines highly appealing.