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Item: #379687
Bottle Size:750ML WS:90

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "An elegant, medium-bodied red, with flavors of olive tapenade and dried red berry. Forest floor notes show on the sinewy finish. Read More...
Drink now through 2018."

This is a red blend from the Symington family who, if you don't know, are behind Dow's port wines, one of the premiere port wine houses in Portugal. That's the first clue that makes this wine worthy of at least a look. Second, it's from the 2011 vintage, when Portugal and Portugese wines had a rebirth, a renewal, that saw them producing some of the best wines ever from their country. Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and well known British wine critic said this of the 2011 vintage in Portugal: "...there is little doubt that 2011 produced some stunning vintage ports, into which more effort and skill has gone than any other previous vintage in the Douro. And I find it impossible to think of any other wine region, anywhere in the world, that produced better wines." It is also worthwhile to note that Dow's 2011 port wine was named Wine Spectator's number one wine of the year in 2014 with a score of 99 points. The 2011 Vale Do Bomfim received a respectable 90 points from Wine Spectator-- for a sub-$10 wine.

While this Vale Do Bomfim is not a port wine, it is from the Douro and had the same weather conditions (ideal!) and zeitgeist that the port wines experienced, from one of the top port wine producers-- and we reap the reward by getting a fantastic, old-world wine at a song of a price. But this wine is not new to us; it's been on the Hi-Time radar for at least the last decade, as we've featured it in numerous December newsletters (it made the "Stocking Stuffer" section at least twice!) and previously ran it as a wine of the month. Having typed all that as an introduction, know that this 2011 is the best version we've had; we say that not to downvote the other years, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but to uplift this bottling as being exemplary. It's made from a blend of grapes commonly used for port wines that have more recently found their well-deserved place at the non-fortified, dry red wine table: 50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca and 15% Tinta Roriz.

The nose is loaded with dark and red fruits, vibrant spice, beef jerky, a touch of cocoa and a light waft of floral perfume. Ripe red plum was the main fruit component we smelled and tasted (and loved!). The palate is sweet with ripe red fruits and silky tannins but it's not jammy and overdone. It's a great warm-weather red at it's not a monstrously big wine as far as body and acidity but has plenty to offer when paired with barbecued meats and burgers and other casual spring/summer fare.
Item: #383633
Bottle Size:750ml

Situated on the right bank of the Douro River, between the towns of Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto has a privileged location in the Demarcated Region of the Douro. Quinta do Crasto Read More...
has belonged to the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Their passion for wine making has contributed to Quinta de Crasto´s growing national and international reputation. As the name suggests, this wine is made from old vines with an average age of 70 years, including as many as 30 different grape varieties.

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