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BROADBENT NV VINHO VERDE
BROADBENT NV VINHO VERDE
Item: #382457
Bottle Size:750ml
$7.99
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Winemaker's Notes - "Vinho Verde, the most popular white wine from Portugal, is a deliciously refreshing, light wine. "Verde", meaning "Green" refers to the hints of lime color. Read More...
It is an ideal warm weather wine, excellent for lunch and picnics, or an evening apertif. It makes a brilliant pairing with any fish, shellfish and poultry."
CEDRO DO NOVAL 10
QUINTA DO NOVAL 2010 CEDRO DO NOVAL
Item: #382448
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$17.98
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Loads of blackfruit on the palate. The wine is medium bodied with a touch of oak. A very easy dinking a wine that will appear to a broad spectrum of customers/guests.
CHRYSEIA 11 POST SCRIPTUM
CHRYSEIA 2011 POST SCRIPTUM
Item: #380431
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:90
$21.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2011 Post Scriptum de Chryseia, the second wine here, is a blend of 56% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, and 7% Read More...
each of Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, all aged for 13 months in French oak. This is a beautifully constructed Post Scriptum, elegant and graceful, yet focused, precise and flavorful. It is designed to have all of its parts in place, not to make you go “wow.” Aromatic and laced with floral nuances, it has a sappy taste in its youth, with some tannin pop and astringency on the finish that will integrate in time. This should develop well and drink decently early on, but give it a year or two in the cellar to settle down for best results. Bargain hunters will find that Post Scriptum is a particularly good value this year. On Day 1, there wasn’t much to choose from between this and big brother Chryseia, although they separated more significantly on Day 2. If you can’t spring for the pricier big brother, dive in right here. Drink 2014-2022. "
CHRYSEIA 12 DOURO
PRATS & SYMINGTON CHRYSEIA 2012 DOURO
Item: #377243
Bottle Size:750ml
$64.90
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DOW BOMFIM 11
DOW VALE DO BOMFIM 2011 DOURO
Item: #379687
Bottle Size:750ML WS:90
$9.95
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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.
ESPORAO 10 RESERVE RED
ESPORAO 2010 RESERVE RED
Item: #380591
Bottle Size:750ml
$24.98
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FERREIRA 09 LEDA
FERREIRA 2009 QUINTA DA LEDA
Item: #382550
Bottle Size:750ml
$69.95
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A balanced, full-bodied and muscular red, with good cut to the dark cherry, wild plum and dark currant flavors, flanked by lithe, spicy notes. Dark chocolate lingers on the finish, Read More...
offering hints of cream and mocha.” – Wine Spectator
PRAZO DE RORIZ 11
PRAZO DE RORIZ 2011
Item: #378561
Bottle Size:750ML
$11.98
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Last year this wine came top in the Wine Spectator Magazine Tasting for 'Best Value Portuguese Wine out of hundreds of wines. Rich blackberry and mulberry fruit, with a dark black Read More...
cherry undercurrent. In the mouth the wine has a wonderful dry richness and smoothness on the palate, and a brightness thanks to excellent acidity. Flavors of black cherry, wet earth, mulberries. Delicious!
QUINTA DO CRASTO 11 RORIZ
QUINTA DO CRASTO 2011 TINTA RORIZ
Item: #379497
Bottle Size:750ml
$69.99
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WINE SPECTATOR 89 POINTS - "Offers an effusive aroma of red fruits, with intense, lively flavors to match, including boysenberry, blueberry and Read More...
blackberry flanked up by expressive notes of underbrush and spice. The finish shows notes of spice and crushed stone. Drink now through 2017. "
QUINTA DO CRASTO 12 RESERVA
QUINTA DO CRASTO 2012 RESERVA
Item: #383633
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.99
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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.

VALLADO 11 TOURIGA NACIONAL
QUINTA DO VALLADO 2011 TOURIGA NACIONAL
Item: #383102
Bottle Size:750ml
$47.99
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WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - “Finely textured, with pure and powerful flavors of dark currant, black olive, red plum and wild cherry, accented by notes Read More...
of molten licorice. Latent tannins and vibrant acidity give this a lively mouthfeel, offering a refined finish of chocolate mousse. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases imported.”

2011 Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional is a rare gem comprised of 100% Touriga Nacional given 95 points by Wine Spectator it is “Highly Recommended”. With a dark crimson color that boasts great concentration it is filled with aromas of bergamot, dried fruit and wild cherries. The taste is elegant, round and mature, with refined tannins. Red fruits follow through from the nose into a long concentrated, fresh finish. With only 500 cases imported this treasure is ready to drink now or can be cellared through 2022.

“I believe it impossible to think of any other wine region anywhere in the world that has produced better wine in this year,” said British wine critic Jancis Robinson in relation to the Douro Valley 2011 vintage which is being heralded as the greatest vintage of the last 100 years or more. The Duoro Valley experienced perfect conditions for the 2011 vintage: cool spring, hot summer and just enough rain before the grapes were harvested; so as to plump them up and prevent the overripe dried raisin-y character that is so indicative of hotter years to come through.
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