C.A.R.M stands for Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira. The Madeira family have 62 ha of vineyards and 220 ha of olive groves in the Douro Superior, spread across seven quintas. Trained winemaker Rui Madeira makes three excellent wines under the C.A.R.M label and several others named for individual quintas. A characterful Classico (half Touriga Nacional) sees a little oak. More concentrated and better defined is a Reserva which is 50% barrique-aged Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. Premium spends 12 months in new Allier barriques and is deep and seductive with lots of tannin but excellent balance in 2000. It is likely to improve for up to 10 years. Conversely, a bottle of C.A.R.M. DOP Douro, an unsulphured Touriga Nacional first produced in 2009, tasted tired. Quinta da Urze varietals are aromatic with expressive varietal character and balanced tannins and can be drunk fairly young. Quinta do Côa is in the Côa Valley where the Palaeolithic rock carvings have been designated a World Heritage Site. Its two well balanced, spicy reds are both made from certified organic grapes.
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