PV Tasting Notes
The 2010 Andreza Reserva is another of the “big three” of Portugal blend; Touriga Nacional (40%), Touriga Franca (40%) and Tinta Roriz (20%). Noteworthy for the elegant and cleanly crisp scents and flavours, perhaps because of slightly cooler conditions in 2010, it is actually a little richer and a little more spicy than the 2009 vintage which was rated 87 points by the wine advocate, and given 4 stars by Decanter, I find this even better than the Grande Reserva plus quite a bit cheaper. The wine begins with a ruby red core, ripe fruit and vanillin on the nose, elegant in the mouth, with fully rounded flavours of black fruits, berry and plum, plus some damp sweet earthy tones, the finish is clean, long and lingering, all in all; quite a sexy little number and at £15 retail a serious bargain to boot.Independent Review
The 2009 Vintage £14.99 was awarded 4 Stars by Decanter plus....
87 points Mark Squires The Wine Advocate Dec 2012
The 2010 Reserva Andreza red is identical to last year’s blend: 40% each of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with 20% Tinta Roriz, all aged in new French oak for 12 months. Given the remarkably modest price level here, this is quite fine. Elegant, focused and balanced, yet tightly wound, this wine has caressing texture, reasonable tannins and structure, plus the feel of a wine that will become even more harmonious. It could use a little more depth – but at this price range, that is not a significant critique. It is very well done, yet another value in this lineup. Give it a few months to settle down and dig in. Drink now-2018.
This producer was once listed as Aguia de Moura, where the wines are made, with Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas just as the brand name. Now that the corporate paperwork is in line, the entities are separated. The Andreza line represents the upper level brand. Colleja is about the only thing you’ll see on the front of the Colleja Tinto. The producer name is in tiny print on the back. In any event, these wines offer tons of value. They are really nice bargain points, worth searching out.
Located in Northeast Portugal, within the Douro River basin, surrounded by craggy mountains that give it very particular soil and climacteric characteristics, this region spreads over a total area of approximately 250 000 hectares and is divided into three sub-regions.
Harvested in 22 kg boxes. Destemmed and crushed, 12 hours pre-maceration fermentation at 34ºC to increase enzyme function; pre-selected yeast; alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures (22-24ºC); light remontage.
Residual Sugar; 2.8 gr/L