Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Latest Reviews (Issue #232) - Mark Squires Click to read more...
90 points - Cortes de Cima Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - “it tastes just great …This is their best yet…. Don't hesitate to dive in”
90 points - Cortes de Cima Pinot Noir 2015 - “don't be scared of the Alentejo Pinot Noir.…a big step forward … absolutely delicious”
90 points - Cortes de Cima Amphora 2015 - “thrilling, .. chock-full of flavor. ..irresistible“
88 points - Cortes de Cima Amphora 2014 - “surprisingly flavorful fruit …lovely…tastes great. “
88 points - Cortes de Cima Tinto 2013 - “filled with flavor…impeccable balance.”
88 points - Cortes de Cima Rosé 2016 - “perky and focused..laced with some fresh raspberries for fun."
87 points - Chaminé Tinto 2015 - “a fine Chaminé perhaps the best one I've seen.. a very nice buy…a terrific "summer red.“
87 points - Chaminé Branco 2016 - “very pretty, a nice deal, a fine warm-weather white”
Full reviews -
90 points - Cortes de Cima Sauvignon Blanc 2016
“sourced from the winery's coastal vineyards. Solid in the mid-palate and rather ripe for Sauvignon, this has a crisp edge but not much of that Sauvignon funk, whether you think that is a good thing or not. The acidity is still good enough to make your mouth water and it tastes just great, with a little bit of a green edge. The mid-palate concentration matches the acidity well. This is their best yet. It may age rather well, too, but aging is not what this is about. Don't hesitate to dive in when it is young and exuberant.”
90 points - Cortes de Cima Pinot Noir 2015
“If you're wondering, by the way, this is 100% sourced from the winery's coastal vineyards, the cooler areas. So, don't be scared of the Alentejo Pinot Noir. This is an improvement over the 2014. That was the debut, but, of course, the 2015 vintage is better. This shows dry but persistent flavors of stonewashed cherries and has a fresh, lifted feel to the fruit that the 2014 lacked. This is a big step forward for Cortes de Cima. It is absolutely delicious, while (happily) lacking the flabbier, less focused demeanor of the 2014. It shows reasonable tannins that are well integrated with the mid-palate. It adds good acidity, and the finish lingers respectably. It will be interesting to see where this goes, but I feel compelled to lean up just now. “
90 points - Cortes de Cima Amphora 2015
“This takes the charming 2014 and adds more verve. The acidity on this makes the wine occasionally thrilling, the big flavors lifted and dry, the wine fresh and lively. Finishing well, it is chock-full of flavor. To be sure, there isn't a lot of concentration, but it is irresistible anyway. “
88 points - Cortes de Cima Amphora 2014
“This is well done in a tough year, showing fine freshness, velvety texture and mid-palate finesse, while seeming tightly wound. Dry and clean, without a lot of those clay nuances you tend to get on these, this has surprisingly flavorful fruit (especially in the difficult 2014 vintage). This is lovely, although not showing a lot of concentration, and it tastes great.
88 points - Cortes de Cima Tinto 2013
“The fruit is drier and more serious but still filled with flavor. The structure is a bit better, too. This late release does well, showing some grip on the finish, freshness, a fruity feel and fine lift to the fruit. It has impeccable balance. Thanks to the late release, it is also ready to drink…so don't hesitate to dive in.”
88 points - Cortes de Cima Rosé 2016
“it is both perky and focused, ending with freshness and a wave of dry, lifted fruit on the finish. Just average in concentration, it makes its way by lingering nicely and seeming enlivening. This is well done, clean and laced with some fresh raspberries for fun."
87 points - Chaminé Tinto 2015
“This is a fine Chaminé red, perhaps the best one I've seen. They are always fruity, fresh and taste great, but this has the advantage of very lifted fruit this year. The 2015 vintage did a good job there. While it still seems fruity, the fruit is less sappy and more serious. It adds some tension on the finish. This is a very nice buy…a terrific "summer red.“
87 points - Chaminé Branco 2016
This is always a nice value selection, fresh, well priced and consistent. So, too, this year. With respectable weight for the price category, it has a crisp edge, some traces of green and a juicy, lively finish. It is very pretty and a nice deal, a fine warm-weather white. The acidity should preserve this, but it won't reward aging, of course. Drink it on the younger side.
- Mark Squires, 232, The Wine Advocate, 31st Aug 2017