Compared to other 2011s, the Bioma Vinha Velha has a more introspective, broody, earthier bouquet that is well-defined but much more reticent than its peers. The palate is showing much more than the aromatics with a robust structure on the opening, and thereafter there is real power and precision. Plenty of white pepper sprinkled over the black fruit that leads to a lovely damson and fig-tinged finish. This will need several years in bottle and no doubt will receive a more ecstatic reception.
Author: Neal Martin
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95
Concentrated fruit here with a super-refined tannin backbone. Full body, medium sweet, highly toned with stones and minerals. This is beautiful, rich and muscular all at the same time. Only 450 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine from old vines aged three years in oak pipes. Drink in 2020.