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Douro red wines: panel tasting results

Our judges enjoyed the impressive line-up of balanced yet structured wines, from a wide range of vintages. Consistent scoring across the board.

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Christine Allen and Valentin Radosav tasted 70 wines, with 4 Outstanding and 56 Highly recommended.

Douro reds panel tasting scores

70 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 4

Highly recommended 56

Recommended 10

Commended 0

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release Douro valley reds, including single-varietal or blended wines

It’s no secret that the Douro has been making excellent still red wines for years. But what is astonishing is the level of consistency that the region has managed to achieve in recent vintages – and this tasting, which featured wines from a wide range of those vintages, served to confirm this.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Douro red wines panel tasting

Douro red wines panel tasting scores

The following wines all scored 92 points or above

The judges

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a wine writer, consultant and educator. Moving to the UK from Brazil in 1989, he was a director at some of the UK’s most prominent distributors, becoming a Master of Wine in 2008. He is co-author of Conheça Vinhos (‘Understanding Wine’, Senac) an awarded book in Portuguese.

Christine Allen is marketing director for distributor Maisons Marques et Domaines. With years of experience in both on- and off-trade, she is particularly focused on Old World regions, notably Spain, Portugal and Burgundy, and is a DWWA judge for Spain.

Valentin Radosav is an advanced sommelier and a DWWA judge for Portugal. Formerly head sommelier at Michelin one-star Gymkhana in Mayfair, he is now learning and development manager for The Stafford hotel in London SW1.

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