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_377154Bottle Size: 750mlArca Nova Vino Verde is made by Quinta das Arcas, a small estate owned and operated by the Monteiro family. All of their grapes are estate grown between their 4 estates in the Vinho Verde and Alentejo regions. Their vines are trellised so the clusters are growing about 6 feet above the ground to allow the wind to remove the humidity. Vinho Verde means ‘Green Wine’ and is both the name of the wine and the name of the region. Stylistically, all Vinho Verdes are light, clean, fresh, and citrusy. Effervescence is added to Vinho Verde wines to increase their shelf life. The U.S. is currently the world’s largest importing country for Vinho Verde wines.
Arca Nova Vinho Verde is a crisp, dry, slightly effervescent, light bodied white wine with a pale yellow color and youthful, floral, citrus aromas that are reminiscent of freshly cut grass. Moderately intense on the palate with lemon, green apple, and peach flavors and a medium finish.
This wine is made from 50% Loureiro, 40% Arinto and 10% Treixadura using sustainable farming of vineyards ranging from 6 to 30 years old at elevations from 300 to 1000 feet. Residual Sugar: 6.0 grams per liter. Alcohol: 10.5%
Enjoy Arca Nova Vinho Verde as the perfect summer apéritif wine and with oysters, filet of sole, grilled shrimp, sushi, and summer salads.
- 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_378601Bottle 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.
Traditional Portuguese Red wines are rarely single-varietal bottlings, but instead are complex field blends-almost always 5-6 grapes at a minimum, but sometimes up to 25 or 30. Her Tinto is a luscious blend of Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Castelao, complimented by small amounts of Syrah, and Alicante Bouschet. The family employs the traditional concrete lagares for fermentation, extracting just the right amount of flavor and color. Aromas of violets, ginger and fine-spices, and serious red fruit by fresh are followed wild berry fruit and a fine-bead of minerality on the palate. The wine is serious enough to be paired with the most elevated meals or age beautifully, but it's also fun enough for burgers on the barbeque this summer.
- 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_383545Bottle Size: 750mlCasa Santos Lima is a family owned and operated company dedicated to the production, bottling and selling of Portuguese wines from around 400 hectares of vineyards. Most of Casa Santos Lima’s estates are located in Alenquer, 45km north of Lisbon, in a region where wine production is centuries old and the typical rural landscapes are gifted with enormous beauty. The vineyards are planted on gentle slopes with altitudes between 100 and 220 meters benefiting from an excellent sun exposition and a climate slightly tempered by the nearby Atlantic Ocean, only 25 km away from the property. Casa Santos Lima is the largest producer of “Vinho Regional Lisboa” and is one of the most awarded Portuguese wineries in both major national and international wine competitions. A maritime influence provides fresh summer nights along with gentle winters that are key to the production of quality grapes in this region. This climate helps produce wines with great acidity and a youthful freshness.
- Item #: i_383258Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 91WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2014 Meandro do Vale Meão is a 40/30 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with 20% Tinta Roriz and small dollops of other grapes. It was aged in well-used French oak (six years) for 13 months and comes in 14.5% alcohol. If you read my accompanying article this issue, you read the forecasts from many (including Meão's winemaker) that Douro Superior was generally one of the best regions in this tough vintage. Here's an example. This Meandro is pretty fine, particularly for a second label. Rather concentrated, tight and surprisingly powerful in its youth, this also shows some flavor underneath, once past the tannins, but it is mostly dry and serious. It looks like a terrific Meandro, focused, intense and elegant. I suspect the tannins will fall off fairly quickly here--how it evolves at that point is my only question mark--and this will drink well on the younger side. It seems able to acquire complexity with time, but I'd like to see it prove that it will hold its concentration level. It could use a year or so to settle down. In a vintage where there aren't many wines to chase after, this one, particularly considering its price point, is a good option."
- Item #: i_383637Bottle Size: 750mlWINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE 91 POINTS - "From a partnership between João Portugal Ramos and José Maria Soares Franco, this is a bright and powerful Douro red that glistens with freshness. The tannins are firm and stony, buoying the fruit in scents of red plum and pomegranate. Best Buy."
Every now and then we get something great tossed in our lap-- in this case, it's an under-the-radar, delicious Portuguese wine at a steep discount. Normally retailing at $19.95, we are passing the savings on to you and offering it on sale at $13.95.
While more well known for their fortified eponymous wines, Portugal's 'regular' still wines give great insight to how their fortified cousins have fared so well over the centuries: the base wines are flat-out delicious. The potential for greatness is there: the terroir, the passion, the history; the components are available to make world-class wines. That this wine is as good as it is for such a reasonable price is a great sign for the future of Portuguese (non-Port) wines.
This Tinto (red wine) is comprised of 40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Tinto Roriz from the Douro region. The grapes are de-stemmed and gently crushed in stainless steel lagares (troughs) by robotized treading where the pre-fermentative maceration takes place at low temperature. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at the controlled temperature of 28ºC (82.4ºF). Maturation/Elevage occurs in 225 and 300 liter French oak barrels (2nd and 3rd year use) for 12 months.
The nose gives off scents of dark, spicy fruits, black plum, persimmon and pomegranate, violets and cedar. In the mouth the dark blue and red fruits continue with notes of black raspberry, cherry and black cherry. The tannins and overall structure are excellent and keep the wine buoyant and fresh. Touches of bramble, Earl Grey tea and a reiteration of the dark fruits make for a tasty, layered finish that lasts and lasts on the palate.
- Item #: i_381354Bottle Size: 750mlEladio 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.
- Item #: i_373637Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94Wine Spectator: 93Wine Enthusiast: 96 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 96 POINTS - "If any wine from the Douro has a Bordeaux influence, it is this wine. Produced as part of a joint venture between the Prats family of Bordeaux and the Symington family of the Douro, this wine shows great attention to tannins and structure while allowing the black fruits to shine. It is a stylish wine, powerful while wearing that power lightly. Drink this wine, from a very good year, from 2022. CELLAR SELECTION"
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Chryseia is a 65/35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 15 months in mostly (80%) new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. When last seen, this was not long in bottle, so let's check in. What does this add to the Post Scriptum? Concentration, expressive fruit and structure. The tannins are very ripe, but the concentration of fruit here makes this impressive. It tastes great and the finish is long. Then, it adds refinement, mid-palate finesse and an elegant, fresh feel. This is surprisingly approachable right now, but I anticipate that it will age well for another decade—or two."
- Item #: i_381008Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 91WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2017 Loureiro is the winery's classic version—meaning "unoaked." Of course, it is dry and without fizz—which is true for all the winery's wines. It comes in at 11.5% alcohol. This is a rather dense Loureiro that, it seems to me (noting that they are not side by side), has a somewhat different personality than the 2015 or 2016. It just seems a little fruitier. It is a bit less nervy and precise. The concentration is exceptional for this bottling, however, and the tasty fruit lingers on the finish beautifully. If the perceptible balance is perhaps a bit different this year, it still maintains its balance well and has enough acidity. Overall, I think this is going to be just fine. As it sheds the baby fat, the underlying structure may become more obvious. Indeed, it seemed exceptional when retasted the next day. For the moment, let's be a little conservative in both score and drinking windows, but it should age very well—and likely better than anticipated."
- Item #: i_380863Bottle Size: 750MLRegion: Vinho Verde sub-region of Monção and Melgaço 100% Alvarinho (The superstar white grape of the Vinho Verde region aka Albariño across the border in Spain. It can make rich, full-bodied and fragrant whites and in Portugal they tend to have a more mineral based structure)Nose of jasmine flower, citrus, and pear. The palate is intense with steely minerality, and lush tropical fruit notes. Dry, medium bodied, with lively acidity, and a long finish. This wine is lean and mineral driven with a focused intensity when young but transforms with gorgeous smoky citrus nuances with a bit of age which it can do for many years to come!
- Item #: i_382166Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92Wine Spectator: 91Wine Enthusiast: 93 PointsWINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2014 Pintas is a field blend sourced from old vines (84 years) and aged for 20 months in French oak (30% new and 70% second-year wood). Like so many 2014s, this is a little stern and dry, a little lacking in expression. That said, it is beautifully built and often gorgeous. It shows fine concentration for the vintage, focus and precision. The texture is pure velvet. The finish lingers. Tightly wound, it is nonetheless approachable, although a year or two in the cellar wouldn't hurt. Not quite as sunny and as expressive as the Manoella, this dense Tinto is more closed, drier and a bit sterner. At first, weighing pros and cons, I couldn't decide whether this or the Manoella Old Vines was a better achievement this year. Neither may be completely representative of the properties in the very best years, but they both are very good off-vintage performances, a tribute to the winemaking skill. I'd tend to pick this. Its mouth-filling demeanor is impressive at the moment, as is its structure. It simply grips the palate. As with the Manoella, the remaining question will be whether this develops and improves with time, or begins to lose focus. I do have some doubts there. It certainly seems likely to be early-maturing. This still looks like one of the best bets for an upper-level 2014 red. After a couple of hours open, it was still impressive, if more elegant. We'll see what the future has to say when it gets here, but this has some upside potential.
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS, WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS, WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS