I find Douro wines to be extremely tight, but this one has other things going for it than a rock solid tannic structure— Nettles and leather on the nose. Hint of raspberries on the front, with some hints of mint on the middle palate. The cool notes are offset by some spicy notes of chilis on the finish. This not an understated wine! Decant And let breath an hour. — 7 days ago
2018 100th anniversary vintage. Nettles and allspice on the nose. *Dense* red fruit on the front — cherries, cassis, and raspberries. Lots of tannic wallop on the front, too￼. The tannins mellow out on the mid palate, but they have a sharp flinty bitterness￼ that provides a counterpoint to the fruit on the front.It fades some more on the finish, but some of softer buttery tannins come through at the end. Not a long finish though.￼
Update: after decanting for half an hour the taste profile changed rather dramatically. The front-end fruit and tannic punch mellowed out, and the softer underlying tannins came through. Strangely enough the finish increased in intensity. This is a very interesting wine. It may not be the best Bordeaux I’ve ever had, but it’s satisfying on many levels indeed. — 2 months ago
2017 opened July 2022. This has to rank as one of the most boring wines I’ve ever imbibed. Nothing much happening here. Faint whiff of briars on the nose. Slight mineral notes on the front of the palate. Tannins are smooth and velvety with a light density, but I might as well be drinking cotton, because there’s nothing that plays on top of these tannins. Short finish, in fact it’s done by the time you swallow. Tastes like it’s a Rhone that’s been watered down 50%. No, I’m not claiming the winemaker did this! But this is a wine without any character. — 18 days ago
Black pepper and cumin on the nose. Plums and black raspberries on the front. Medium-light tannic structure, but not much happening in the middle. It goes from fruit on the front to slightly sour high notes on the finish with a hint of mint. Nothing offensive about this wine, but it’s not as complex as many of the Argentinian Malbecs I’ve had. — 4 months ago
Some people are raving about this wine, but I’m unimpressed.
2019 opened March 2022. Rhubarb on the nose. This wine has a smooth bodied medium tannic structure￼, But I’m wondering if they didn’t use American oak? — Because the tannins have that American oak terpene edge to them￼. That wouldn’t be bad if there were a more intense range of taste components to balance that edginess — but the front isn’t very fruity (a hint of unripe cherries) — the mid-palate is pure oak — and it has a short finish consisting of a few bitter high notes. Bleh.
— 4 months ago
2016 opened July 2022. Earth, tobacco, old books on the nose. Heavy red fruit along with a soft tannic structure on the front of the palate. Gravelly high notes an the middle palate, but it has a slightly sour finish. Very drinkable, but not great. — 20 days ago
2018 opened June 2022. Beauregard’s forte is making tightly clenched Pinot’s that take 10 or 15 years of aging before they blossom. I don’t have the patience to hang onto a bottle that long—and at my age most of their Pinots won’t be ready to drink before I kick the bucket. But this is a lovely little tipple that drinks young.￼ The color is a slightly transparent orangey-red—which I’ve noticed is a characteristic of a lot of Beauregard reds—but the coloration doesn’t in any way diminish this wine. Rhubarb and unripe cherries on the nose.￼ Light red raspberries on the front. Medium tannic structure￼, with a lot of mineral high notes and some faint barnyard notes on the finish. Lest I damn this wine with faint praise, all these components work well together. It is a very pleasant table wine to drink right now. On the other hand I don’t think it’s gonna age well. But neither am I, so I can’t be fussy.￼ ;-) — 2 months ago
2015 opened April 2022. Sage and leather on the nose. Blackberries on the front. Tannins are understated but silky and medium bodied. They offset some bitter high notes on the mid palate, and they give this Pinot a particularly long mineral (gravelly) finish. I like this wine. — 4 months ago