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Quinta do Castelinho

Castelinho Vinhos Lda

Founded 1990
Owner Saraiva family
Vineyards Quinta do Castelinho, Quinta de São Domingos
Vintage Port Brands Quinta do Castelinho

Since the beginning of the 18th century Quinta do Castelinho are known as a property of great importance in the Douro region due to its privileged location, near Cachão da Valeira in São João da Pesqueira. For some decades the property has been owned by the Saraiva family. In 1986, after the laws that change the Port Wine market, the family opened a company specially to sell their own wine. Following this, a new quintas were bought, Quinta de São Domingos, in 1994 from Ramos Pinto.

Quinta do Castelinho Vintages:1986, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage1991
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetInteresting pharmacy and cacao in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Still immature but balanced and easy to drink and like. Not a long runner but attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted28th October 1997Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage1994
ColourBlack and intensive in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex nose of dark cherry, chocolate, coffee and more in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Full of tannins and immature. Complex and balanced port with a long and intensive finish. Very attractive.Average score
Last tasted20th October 1999Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 trip to Duoro.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage1996
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark chocolate and cacao in the nose. Complex and attractive.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannin. Still very fruity and dark cherry in flavour. Quite long and attractive finish. Very promising indeed.Average score15.90
Last tasted20th January 2011Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage1997
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetQuite simple nose with just lots of berry.Score range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium body. Full of tannins but sweet. Rather mature and berry in flavour but with an attractive finish. Quite good.Average score14.50
Last tasted29th August 2005Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage1999
ColourYellow mature in colour but still rather dark.Number of tastings2
BouquetFudge, cacao, dark chocolate, some toffee and spiciness in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Mature almost peaking but with some unbalanced acidity. Cacao, dark chocolate and some spiciness in taste with a nice and rather long but not quite clean finish.Average score
Last tasted25th August 2018Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity and dark cherry in the nose.Score range14.90 - 14.90
TasteMedium body. Immature and full of tannins. Fruit and berry in flavour. Promising finish but no so long. Easy to swallow.Average score14.90
Last tasted7th November 2005Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do CastelinhoVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity and juicy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Fruit and berry in flavour. Promising finish.
Last tasted11th November 2007Rating this dateGood / Very good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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