The 2007 VX Cuvee Primo, a blend of Sousón, Caiño Longo, Caiño da Terra, Carabuñeira (Touriga Nacional) and Mencía which undergoes an extended aging (bottled in May 2011) in brand new 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels. This is a wine that does not carry the official Ribeiro appellation with marked balsamic aromas of charred wood, cigar ash, end-of-the-nineties style incense notes with some volatile hints. The palate is full-bodied with plenty of tannins and a dry finish, enough acidity and plenty of dry extract. It feels like the winemaking and aging marked the wine much more than the place or grape. It comes through as a modern, well-made, highly extracted and well-oaked red in an XXL style. It could be a red for the long haul, 2,500 bottles produced.
Wineaccess.com: (60% souson, 20% caino, 15% carabuneira and 5% mencia): Bright violet color. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of cherry pit, blackberry and floral oils, with slow-building licorice and dark chocolate nuances. Sappy, penetrating dark berry flavors are brightened by peppery spice and mineral notes and show a smooth, velvety texture. Energetic, gently tannic finish, leaving sweet floral pastille and blackberry notes behind. 91/100