Vineyards don’t get more remote than Ervamoira, in the heart of the Côa national park of prehistoric wall drawings. It’s dry here, and that’s evident from the dusty tannins, firm dark black fruits, and considerable aging potential.
Dark and masculine, there’s a lot of coffee mixed with a deep undercurrent of orange. Big-bodied, full in the mouth and malty. A snappy tawny offering all that a good 10-year-old should. Fresh as can be and extremely well made.
The earthy nose is a little mute, but the maturing palate is rich and full of softening black fruit. The wine is now coming into its own, and while it lacks the complexity and punch of a great Port, it has plenty going on in its favor, including layers of spice and sweetness on the finish. Will be at its best in 3–4 years.