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Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal produces a wide variety of different wines with distinctive personality because they have a large array of native varietals.

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  • APHROS 2014 LOUREIRO 100%; ORGANIC VINHO VERDE DOC SUB-REION DO LIMA 11.5 ALCOHOL

    Item #: 382618
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Tasting Notes: Brigth pale wellow citrus hue. A wine with the backbone of granite minerality, were the aroma is dominated by fruits and flowers, ...
    Tasting Notes: Brigth pale wellow citrus hue. A wine with the backbone of granite minerality, were the aroma is dominated by fruits and flowers, including hints of lime and orange with the essential oils of their skins. the mouth attack has volume and a vibrant acidity, enhancing length and persistence.

    Gastronomic suggestions: Accompanies fish, grilled or baked, cod with cream, shellfish, sushi, salads and fruits.

    Aphros Wine: Water flows, wind blows, birds fly, plants grow. In every human being there is the inner call to be one with nature, with the natural truth of one’s being. There is also an inborn desire to create something unique where our joy may be passed on to others.

    Aphros Wine is a project where these aspirations have come together in my life, intertwining gifts of destiny.: an ancient family Quinta set in a beautiful terroir, a lifelong interest in Steiner and biodynamics, and a love for arts and crafts have naturally combined to shape the style of the winery.

    The main players however, are the gifts of Nature we work with – indigenous grapes of outstanding originality - Loureiro and Vinhão – and an Atlantic, granitic Terroir, that offers unparalled freshness and levity. Resulting of natural agricultural and cellar practices, our artisanal wines are pure, deep expressions of Vinho Verde terroir, largely contributing to a change of paradigm in its image and perception worldwide.
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  • BODEGAS ALMAROJA 2011 PIRITA CRIANZA ARRIBES; DO ZAMORA

    Item #: 378012
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Almaroja vines average 80 years old and are farms organically (and nearly biodynamically), with yields as low as 10 hl / ha.
    Pirita is name...
    Almaroja vines average 80 years old and are farms organically (and nearly biodynamically), with yields as low as 10 hl / ha.
    Pirita is named for the mineral pyrite, that is found throughout the vineyard soils. Otherwise known as fool's gold.

    Said Jancis Robinson, about the Almaroja Pirita Tinto Crianza: "I enjoyed this wine over several evenings...I can strongly recommend it to those looking for a versatile red that offers a whole range of new flavours and textures. It looks pretty smart too."
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  • BROADBENT NV VINHO VERDE

    Item #: 382457
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes - "Vinho Verde, the most popular white wine from Portugal, is a deliciously refreshing, light wine. "Verde", meaning ...
    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. 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."
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  • DOMINGUES CUARTA GENERACION 2012 "CLASSICO" CANARY ISLANDS

    Item #: 378613
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "The Dominguez Clasico, the bodega's flagship wine, is a blend of very old, ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Listan Negro, Negramoll, Tintilla and Listan ...
    "The Dominguez Clasico, the bodega's flagship wine, is a blend of very old, ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Listan Negro, Negramoll, Tintilla and Listan Blanco (Palomino). Phylloxera never affected the Canaries, and the island is home to countless gnarled, twisted, extremely old vines. All vines on the island are ungifted. Different parcels from different plots of land are vinified separately, though the fermentations of the Listan Negro and Negramoll include the Listan Blanco. Perhaps counterintuitively (and perhaps oversimplified a bit for space), fermentation of red grapes with white aids in color extraction, enhancing tannin structure, and creating more surface area for the binding of a greater amount of aromatic compounds. The wine is blended after alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation happens on the lees, during 4 month aging in American and Central European oak barrels."- Importer's Notes
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  • DOURAL 2014 RED BLEND

    Item #: 378861
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Portuguese tinto (red) blend exhibits a deep red color with violet hues. The nose is vibrant and fruity. The palate offers notes of spice, che...
    This Portuguese tinto (red) blend exhibits a deep red color with violet hues. The nose is vibrant and fruity. The palate offers notes of spice, cherry, and dark berry supported by good structure. Deep ruby colour with violet hints. Vibrant and fruity nose, with a modern and spicy style, involving harmoniously notes of cherries and bilberry. In the mouth is fresh, fruity, well-structured, showing an excellent balance.Pairs well with red or game meat, and hard cheeses.
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  • ELADIO PINIERO 2006 LA COARTADA RED ALENTEJO

    Item #: 381354
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Eladio wanted to make red wine, and he knew Rias Baixas was not the place for it, so he bought an estate with vineyards near his holiday home in th...
    Eladio wanted to make red wine, and he knew Rias Baixas was not the place for it, so he bought an estate with vineyards near his holiday home in the Alentejo and made a red wine which is again about as far from an “industrial” wine as you can get. Four YEARS in new barrels, 3 years in stainless after that, at least six months in the bottle, no clarification, no fining etc. , designed to be drunk on release but will age effortlessly…The methods are somewhat evocative of López de Heredia in the sense that the wine is released when deemed ready to drink, while remaining capable of much longer aging. But the warmer Portuguese climate makes for a broader shouldered vein, not at all overripe but concentrated, minerally, and sublime.
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  • MARIO S.A. NUNO 2010 GARRAFEIRA, QUINTA DOS BAGEIRAS "BAIRRADA" 90+ YEAR OLD BAGA VINES.

    Item #: 381638
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "This 2010 Garrafeira Quinta dos Bageiras is another gorgeous Garrafeira from Bageiras,...
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "This 2010 Garrafeira Quinta dos Bageiras is another gorgeous Garrafeira from Bageiras, produced only in what owner Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno believes are the best years. Sourced from very old vines (90+ years, said Mario), it was aged for 18 months in used 3000-liter Portuguese tonels. It has big everything: strong concentration of flavor, intensity on the finish, classic Baga nuances and plenty of acidity. This lets it all hang out, but it also works it out rather well. This wine is not for the shy; it is quite a mouthful. It could use a few more years in the cellar, despite its late release (it sort of fits this month's theme on older wines), but it can be approached if you must. This, for most producers, wasn't a great vintage, but you could make good wine in it and Bageiras sure did. At the price point, this is a super value. Late released, it should be in the marketplace now."

    The Bairrada region is located in northern Portugal. It’s a difficult place to grow grapes, and it’s gone through some hard times. But when it gets it right, it makes some of Portugal’s most impressive, ageworthy red wines, based on the Baga grape. Màrio Sérgio Alves Nuno is the winemaker and owner of Bágeiras, which he set up in 1990. Vineyard area is 24 ha (large for the region), spilt between red and white varieties. These wines are serious, and remind a bit of the great Italian reds from Sangiovese and Nebbiolo with their structure and acidity.
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  • QUINTA DO CRASTO 2013 RESERVA

    Item #: 383633
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouthfeel and flavors of boysenberry, sandal...
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouthfeel and flavors of boysenberry, sandalwood, macerated cherry and damson plum. Very minerally as well, featuring loads of spicy notes on the well-structured, lingering finish. Elegant. Drink now through 2022."

    Deep violet in color. Expressive aromas of vibrant berry fruits combined with subtle hints of fresh spices. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and concentrated with voluptuous ripe fruit along with notions of cocoa. With time in the glass, the wine becomes more complex and darker fruits, including blueberries emerge. Powerful, focused and intense with velvety tannins which make the wine accessible now, but also capable of aging. The finish is very long, showing excellent concentration and perfect balance. Simply Delicious.

    Quinta do Crasto has crafted another winner! We recently featured the Quinta do Crasto Superior and it was a huge hit with our customers. Many tried a bottle and returned to buy more once they tasted the quality. Now is a great time to explore a bit more as we just received the Quinta do Crasto Reserva. It is also made with native Portuguese grapes, but the Reserva is sourced from Old Vines. As many of our customers know, old vines have lower yields resulting in more mouth-filling concentration. This fantastic red blend is rich yet lively and offers more depth and complexity than the Superior. As you may recall, Portuguese wines took 3 of the top 4 spots on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List last year. This Quinta do Crasto Reserva received a 94 Point rating from Wine Spectator! These wines continue to be a steal and remain one of the great undiscovered secrets and bargains of the world.

    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 has belonged to the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Their passion for wine making has contributed to Quinta do Crasto´s growing national and international reputation.
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  • QUINTA DO CRASTO 2014 DOURO RED

    Item #: 377947
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Bright purple in color. Very expressive on the nose, showing fresh wild berry fruit nicely combined with delicate floral notes. Elegant beginning t...
    Bright purple in color. Very expressive on the nose, showing fresh wild berry fruit nicely combined with delicate floral notes. Elegant beginning that leads to a medium-bodied wine, with a polished structure of fine tannins and fresh wild berry fruit flavors. A wine with a charming, medium length finish.
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  • QUINTA VALE D. MARIA 2012 DOURO

    Item #: 381945
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS-Incredibly deep in color, violet, dark red and purple, has a tremendous concentration of ma...
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS-Incredibly deep in color, violet, dark red and purple, has a tremendous concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, with a very typical predominance and blackberries, black cherries and plums. The aging in cask is concentrating the original mature tannins of the wine and has smoothened its power, originating very powerful, though very elegant wines with great balance and finesse and a very long and fruity finish.
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