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_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 Spectator: 90Every 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. Pretty darn good for a 90-point, Wine Spectator Top 100 selection!
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.
#84 on Wine Spectators Top of 2015
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This has a delicate core of violet, plum and red berry flavors that are broad yet well-defined. Medium-grained tannins gain power midpalate, with mineral and shiso leaf notes on the taut finish. Drink now through 2020."
- 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_383700Bottle Size: 750mlThe 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 #: 377243Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "This markes the 17th vintage of this wine, a joint venture between the Symington family and Bordeaux consultant Bruno Pratts (Cos Estournel former owner). Based entirely on fruit from Quintas de Roriz and Perdiz, this smooth structured wine has many of the characteristics of Bordeaux with its new wood and elegant texture."
WINE ADVOCATE - "The 2012 Post Scriptum de Chryseia is principally a Touriga Nacional / Touriga Franca blend, with tiny quantities of other grapes, aged for 13 months 400-liter French oak. It is a fresh and elegant PS this year. Not overly concentrated, it does have beautiful, lifted fruit and an enticing fresh feel to it. In its own subtle way, this focused and very appealing PS should be a complete charmer. If it evolves well, it may yet be entitled to an uptick, but it won't disappoint at its typically nice price."
- Item #: i_383648Bottle Size: 750ml- WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2016 ALLO is a 70/30 blend of Alvarinho and Loureiro, unoaked and coming in at 11% alcohol. (The name, of course, comes from the AL of Alvarinho and the LO of Loureiro.) This is a fine new brand from Soalheiro. Showing superb concentration, plenty of acidity and that hit of "Soalheiro green," as I like to call it, this is beautiful, lingering, tightly wound and very invigorating. Indeed, it is simply intense in its youth, yet it is also perfectly balanced. I'm willing to bet that it will age rather well, too, but let's be a bit conservative there, even considering Soalheiro's reputation in that regard. There is no rush, but this will be a perfect wine to wake you up this summer. Sourced from 20-year-old vines, there were 50,000 bottles produced."
- Item #: i_377947Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2015 Tinto is a blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Barroca. A small part of the blend was aged for six months in French oak. This has been seen before, but it is worth another look as it is a very fine value. It is still gloriously fruity, intense in flavor, yet showing lift to the fruit all the time. It is always fresh and lively, never jammy and sweet, even while very fruity. That may seem like a contradiction, but it's not. With more time in the bottle, it also is showing a bit more muscle as the fruit comes into perfect balance with the structure. This is even better now and a terrific value. Frankly, I'm not always sure how wines like this will age, because its fresh fruit is its biggest advantage. However, acidity also preserves. Plus, this is now showing a little complexity and it is better in perceptible structure, without the fruit losing much of anything. So, don't hesitate to drink it young, but it can hold for a decade from vintage date or more. Winemaker Manuel Lobo, by the way, said the 2001 was still drinking well. I won't be that optimistic yet."
- Item #: i_383633Bottle Size: 750mlQuinta 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.
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.
- Item #: i_382145Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - The 2016 Guru is a roughly equal blend of Codega do Larinho, Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio aged for just six months in 30% new French oak, including the use of some bigger barrels. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Sourced from 50-year-old vines, it was bottled only a week before tasting, but it sure seemed to be doing well. It shows much more crisply than in some years and the impression of wood has pretty much disappeared, as this winery reduces the oak involved. It shows fine concentration and even better tension on the finish. The smoky aromatics of which I’ve complained in the past are only a hint this year, much more restrained to the point where they do not seem to be an issue. That should get better, not worse. Intense and deep, Guru is very fine this year. It should hold at least a decade, probably more."