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Chryseia, Prats & Symington 2012

Subregion Portugal
Grape VarietyTouriga Nacional

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Tasting Notes

A medium-to full-bodied red with aromas of currants, dried flowers, dried leaves, tobacco, stones, oyster shell and iodine. Concentrated, supple and flavorful with firm, fine-grained tannins. 78% touriga nacional with touriga franca. Deliciously savory. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2021

The 2012 Chryseia is a blend of 72% Touriga Nacional, the rest Touriga Franca, aged for 15 months in new, 400-liter French oak. It comes in at just 13.7% alcohol, a bit lower than, say, the recent 2007-2009 trilogy (14.3, 14.1, 14.4, respectively). That and the vintage combine to create a wine that is long on charm and freshness, but not flesh and richness. Beautifully focused and rather intense on the finish, this adds the structure that its little brother, the Post Scriptum reviewed this issue, lacks. In other respects, it is quite similar and an amazing pleasure to taste with its fresh, lifted fruit and its graceful demeanor. It may yet develop a little more and add some flesh and complexity. It is not the biggest, deepest or most powerful Chryseia, but it is one of the most charming. There were 2,470 cases produced, plus some large format bottles.

Mark Squires, RobertParker.com (216), January 2015

Very dark crimson with blackish tinge. Bonfire hint on the nose. Like the Post Scriptum 2012, this wine is super-fluid and fresh. Relatively transparent and hugely appealing already. 14%
Drink 2016-2027

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015
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