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Quinta das Carvalhas

Quinta das Carvalhas - Real Companhia Velha

Owner Silva Reis family

The Quinta das Carvalhas has a prominent position on the left bank of the Douro River facing Pinhão. It is most certainly the largest Quinta in the whole of the Douro Region. Written reference about Carvalhas can be traced back to 1759 i.e. since Pombal’s demarcation. Miguel de Souza Guedes bought Quinta das Carvalhas in 1880 and it was not until then it start produce Port Wine.

Manuel Silva Reis, the owner of Real Compania Velha, bought Suoza Guedes & Irmao in 1965 and in that bargain Quinta das Carvalhas was included and this quinta is undoubtedly the jewel of Real Companhia Velha crown.

Quinta das Carvalhas Vintages:1962 (Souza Guedes & Irmao), 1963 (Souza Guedes & Irmao), 1970 (Real Comp. Velha), 1977 (Real Comp. Velha), 1997 (Real Comp. Velha), 1998 (Real Comp. Velha), 2000 (Real Comp. Velha), 2001 (Real Comp. Velha), 2002 (Real Comp. Velha), 2003 (Real Comp. Velha), 2004 (Real Comp. Velha), 2005 (Real Comp. Velha), 2007 (Real Comp. Velha), 2011 (Real Comp. Velha), 2012 (Real Comp. Velha), 2013 (Real Comp. Velha), 2015 (Real Comp. Velha), 2016 (Real Comp. Velha), 2017 (Real Comp. Velha), 2018 (Real Comp. Velha)

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage1997
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, liquorice, some herbs and a hint of violets in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Still some round and elegant tannins and will probably be better. Balanced and quite complex. With a taste of cacao, some herbs and spiciness and lovely liquorice and maybe lavender. Quite long and attractive finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy indeed.Average score
Last tasted20th February 2021Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage1998
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFruit and berry in the noseScore range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium body. Fruit in flavour. Not so much tannins as expected. Quite modern port. Nice but a bit short finish. No long runner.Average score
Last tasted15th September 2004Point this date14.50
CommentAt a trip to Porto and Douro, Portugal with the Port Wine Club est.1981 in Copenhagen, Denmark
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage1999
ColourStill quite dark ruby but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetCream candy, some toffee, chocolate, cacao, dried fruit and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Almost mature but still with some very elegant and round tannin and maybe will be a little better. Balanced, sweet with complexity. Cream candy, toffee, some dried fruit and chocolate in taste and with a very tasty and elegant finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy indeed.Average score
Last tasted21st March 2021Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2000
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, candy and lots of herbs such as cinnamon and mint in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and lots of fruit but also some round tannins and will be better. Balanced with lots of herbs as ginger and mint in the mouth. Quite elegant with a lovely and rather long finish.Average score
Last tasted15th May 2021Point this date16.00
CommentTaste at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2001
ColourLovely ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetSweet liquorice, toffee, cream candy, crème caramel and some herbs in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and probably peaking. Balanced and very elegant with just a hint of round tannins. Sweet liquorice, toffee and crème caramel in taste Very easy to drink and enjoy with a sweet lovely and delicate finish.Average score
Last tasted14th March 2021Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2003
ColourStill very dark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry, mulberry, cherry, blackberry, pale chocolate, cacao and some roasted coffee beans and nuts in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Still quite tannic and will be better but balanced and quite delicate with a lovely acidity. Cacao, pale chocolate and dark berry in taste with a long, lovely, tannic finish.Average score
Last tasted22nd June 2018Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at our apartment in the Douro Valley, Portugal.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2004
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of mulberry, dark berry, cacao and liquorice in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Still some soft and delicate tannin but very attractive taste of liquorice and cacao. Will be better but already today very attractive and enjoyable. Easy to drink and like and with a delicious finish.Average score
Last tasted18th July 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2005
ColourVery beautiful mature yellow edge in colour but still rather dark ruby.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, oak, liquorice and dark berry in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body Still not quite mature and will be better with some very soft and delicate tannin. Balance and quite elegant. Liquorice, cacao and chocolate in taste with a long and very attractive finish. Easy to drink and to enjoy indeed.Average score
Last tasted21st June 2018Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at our apartment in the Douro Valley, Portugal
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2007
ColourDark blue maybe almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry such as mulberry and blackberries but also cacao, minty and sand-tree in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Balanced but quite easy to drink even if there are lovely round tannins. Modern style but very attractive and elegant port Berries, mint, cacao and more in flavour. The finish is quite long with some lovely tannins.Average score
Last tasted21st August 2021Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das CarvalhasVintage2012
ColourStill very dark ruby almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berries such as mulberry, dark cherry and blue berry, mature fruit, and some dark chocolate in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Lovely round and quite complex tannins and will develop a lot. Balanced and very tasty with dark berries, chocolate and fruit in the mouth. The finish is rich of tannins, lovely complex and quite long. Will be nice to follow.Average score
Last tasted6th June 2022Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta das Carvalhas
Real Velha
Vintage2017
ColourRuby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCherry, mulberry and dark berry in the nose but also some interesting spiciness. Very generous bouquet!
TasteMedium body. Balanced but modern style of port. Very tasty with dark berry of different kinds of sweet and elegant spiciness. Lovely and very complex finish. Interesting port indeed!
Last tasted29th November 2019Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

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

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