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.
- Item #: i_382457Bottle Size: 750mlWinemaker'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."
- Item #: i_383667Bottle Size: 750mlTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Cabernet Sauvignon
After all varieties are fermented separately, aging occurs, up to 14 months, in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels.
Earning the reputation as a benchmark wine in the Tagus' region, Mythos is a full-bodied red wine, with superb ripe fruit with a rich tannin structure. A powerfully modern red wine that will age well for 8 - 10 years. Suitable for stronger meals, lamb and game red meat.
- Item #: i_378609Bottle Size: 750mlWe've been fortunate lately to discover a fresh crop of striking and beautiful wines from Portugal. The appeal is immediate. When we tasted the Chocapalha line-up last month alongside the rest of winemaker Sandra Tavares's ventures we decided our "Wine of the Month 2" on the spot—and added white "Arinto" bottling as a companion, almost a "Wine of the Month 2.5." The wines are layered, aromatic, with balanced alcohols and enlivening acidity, but also show a depth of fruit that is immediately appealing. You probably won't recognize many of the grape varieties in these wines, but the discovery here is half the fun and the prices are amazing for the quality.
This ancient estate is nestled in the sun-drenched hills near Alenquer, just northwest of Lisbon. The Tavares da Silva family has nurtured the vineyards over the years, and today their youngest daughter, Sandra, is making some of the most exciting wines in Portugal. Sandra has built a name for herself as a modern and mindful winemaker in the Duoro Region.
It's easy to picture Lisbon as sunny and blessed with great beaches, but there is also quite a bit of wind and maritime coolness in the climate here that sharpens the aromatics and acidity. The Arinto grape is not known widely, but Sandra Tavares made something special and undeniable here. Look for scents of ripe yellow plum and summer stone fruits mixing with a citrusy core of ruby grape-fruit citrus, lemon, and kumquat in a mineral style. There is an electric zip to this wine that reminds us of Chablis or the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.
- Item #: i_380431Bottle Size: 750MLThe 2016 Post Scriptum de Chryseia is principally a Touriga Nacional / Touriga Franca blend. Not overly concentrated, it does have beautiful, lifted fruit and an enticing fresh feel to it. In its own subtle way, this is focused and very appealing and a complete charmer. Perfumed and almost Margaux-like! Bone dry and rather refined.
- Item #: i_383700Bottle Size: 750ml100% Baga
The Pato family has been producing wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since, at least, the eighteen century. João Pato started to bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation. His son Luis Pato inherited this nonconformist and pioneer spirit and in 1980 produces his first wine, a pure Baga from an exceptional quality and absolute rareness that is sought by appreciators as a treasure. In 1985 begins 2 revolutions at Bairrada: destems Baga grapes and matures the wine in new French oak casks. In 1988 he plants Baga from ungrafted vines to understand pre-phyloxera wines and produces the first Vinhas Velhas’ wine from Portugal. In 1990 participates, for the first time, as a judge at International Wine Challenge, a contest that he assumes as a tasting school and a guidance that shows him new wines and the volatility of the consumers’ taste. In the 60 hectares of vineyards there are planted the grapes Baga, Touriga Nacional e Tinto Cão in red varieties, in white varieties there are Maria Gomes, Bical, Cercial da Bairrada e Sercialinho nas variedades brancas.
- Item #: i_373637Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 9560% Touriga Nacional & 40% Touriga Franca
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "An impressive red that shows finesse to the generous profile of cherry tart, red plum and raspberry gelée notes, cast with licorice, Earl Grey tea, pepper and graphite details. Aromas of violet and mocha echo on the tannic finish. Needs a few years in the cellar. Best from 2021 through 2031."
- Item #: i_383648Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2019 ALLO (the "AL" being 30% Alvarinho, the "LO" referencing 70% Loureiro) is dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. This is a blend that relies on a classic vision of Loureiro for its personality and style. It has the slight delicacy of expressive Loureiro, and it dances brightly and lightly across the tongue. It is clean and transparent. Fresh and pure, this is a well-priced blend that excels again this year. In fact, the next day it fleshed out and opened up. It seemed more substantial then and still elegant. The price is certainly right."
- Item #: i_383633Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2016 Reserva Old Vines (an average age of 70 years) represents 37 of Crasto's 42 plots and/or small vineyards of old vines. In 2016, three were discarded for poor performance, while Maria Teresa and Ponte were not included because they were bottled separately this year. It was aged for 16 to 18 months, depending on lot, in 65% new oak (85/15 French and American) and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Solid in the mid-palate, this has impressive depth and a seductive demeanor. The finish lingers beautifully. After an initial creamy hit of texture, it becomes silkier and sensual. Beautifully balanced, this has moderate tannins. It drank well after some hours of double decanting, but it is not really ready to drink. It will be much better around 2023, although it is approachable. How does it compare to the 2015 revisited this issue? They weren't really tasted together, although in relatively close proximity. The 2015 may have better-defined fruit. This might have a little more depth. They are both very fine and a lot of fun. They both need to develop some complexity. It will take a few years to determine who the winner is for sure. I lean to the 2015, but let's call it even for the moment."
- Item #: i_382166Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2016 Pintas Character is a field blend from old vines aged for 18 months in 80% used French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Originally seen as a tank sample, this is now bottled and in the USA. Deeper, more powerful and certainly fruitier than the Manoella Tinto (and in this vintage another $10 in list price, to be fair), this is simply a more serious wine in many respects this year. Ripe, concentrated and succulent, yet beautifully crafted with the fruit well supported by the structure, this focused red (fruity but not a fruit bomb) is exceptional on many grounds. Still a bit too young, it could use another year or so in the cellar. Yet the tannins are not terribly hard, so it's not too difficult to drink now. It will easily hold for more than another decade, and it should improve as well. We'll take the aging curve in stages, though, and see where we are as 2030 rolls around—assuming you can keep your hands off of it. It is worth leaning up on this today."
- Item #: i_382145Bottle Size: 750mlViosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho and Gouveio
A small producer, and a store favorite, Wine & Soul is run by a wife & husband team. "Guru" is fermented and aged in new French oak for seven months, and shares a lot in common with a good Pessac-Leognan or Burgundy: light bodied, bright citrus (like lemon and grapefruit) along with some riper fruits (like peach and pineapple), and some cedary spice from oak.