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BACALHOA MOSCATEL 07
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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BACALHOA MOSCATEL DE SETUBAL 07 COLHEITA

At one time the Moscatel (Muscat) wines of Setabul were rightly counted and priced with the world’s greatest dessert wines. Rather mysteriously they fell out of favor after the Second World War, so today even the best examples like this nectar from Bacalhoa remain woefully under priced. Bacalhoa first came to our attention in the fall of 2011 when their 2004 vintage won the International Trophy for the best sweet fortified wine under 10 pounds at Decanter Magazine’s annual World Wine Awards competition. This past fall this 2007 vintage took home a second trophy. Not surprisingly we started getting calls from people clamoring for the wine, but we didn’t have a source for it until now.

Setubal is a small peninsula located just south of Lisbon. The region is famed for its delicious caldeiradas (fish stews) as well for its scenic Arrabida Hills where the best Muscat de Alexandria vines are planted. In Setubal, much as with the Ports of the Douro, the fermentation of sweet Muscat grapes is arrested after a short time by the addition of a small dose of brandy. The wine is then kept in contact with the grape skins for six months to accentuate its floral aromatics and flavor intensity. This colheita was then aged in small oak barrels for nearly four years in a warm corrugated steel-roofed warehouse to caramelize the sugars and to further concentrate its flavors through evaporation. The result is a complex, hedonistic, and cerebral taste experience that would be a steal at twice our price!

Decanter Magazine’s judging panel gave this wine its top 5 Star rating with these gushing notes: “Wildly perfumed with a peachy, floral, apple confit, cinnamon and nutmeg nose. Beautiful nutty flavors of pink grapefruit, Marmalade and caramel mingling with honey and figs, fresh apricots, raisins and oranges. Bold and opulent.”
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