RWC Historic Series 'Boston' Bual, Madeira DOC
Item Number: 327
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 85% Bual / 15% Tinta Negro Mole
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 19
Soil Type: Volcanic, on steep, terraced hillsides
History: The RWC Historic Series represents a close collaboration between The Rare Wine Co. and Vinhos Barbeito. First conceived in 1998, the goal from the beginning was to produce a series of affordable varietal Madeiras that possess the magical qualities of great Vintage Madeira. Each wine is made up 85% of the stated varietal, selected from parcels of wine 10 to 20 years old. The remaining 15% is very old Tinta Negro Mole, 40 to 60 years of age, which gives the wines much of their aged vintage character. Each wine is named for an American seaport where Madeira was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The labels feature early engravings and historic information, further evoking a sense of Madeira’s towering importance in American history.
Aging: The best Madeiras, including those in the Historic Series, spend years or decades in large barrels of various sizes, subject to substantial yearly swings in temperature (a method called canteiro). This time is what gives the wines their unique personalities.
'Boston' Bual Tasting Notes: This elegant Bual shows classic notes of citrus peel and cinnamon. Its moderate sweetness, and good acidity, make it a wonderful after-dinner wine or versatile dessert pairing.
About Bual: For many Madeira lovers, Buals (Boals) offer the best combination of richness and elegance. The sweetness of the wine (up to 3.5% residual sugar) is balanced by the tang of acidity; the texture, after suitable maturing, is silky and elegant; in a fine example, the finish is relatively dry and refreshing. The Bual vines, grown up to a quarter-mile elevation, are not very prolific and only small amounts of this classic grape variety are produced.