PORTUGAL

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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  1. CHOCAPALHA 2015 TINTO

    Item #: i_378601
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    40% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), 10% Castelão, 10% Alicante Bouschet

    One of our favorite red wine values: medium-bodied, with a moderately concentrated palate of mature dark fruit (black plums, blackberries) with spicy and floral accents, a moderate amount soft tannin, but dry and fresh in acidity throughout.

    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. 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 grill.
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  2. CHOCAPALHA 2018 ARINTO BLANCO

    Item #: i_378609
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We'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.
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  3. MARY TAYLOR 2015 DOURO, FILIPE FERREIRA

    Item #: i_382609
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  4. QUINTA DE SOALHEIRO 2019 "ALLO" ALVARINHO/LOUREIRO

    Item #: i_383648
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    WINE 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."
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  5. QUINTA DO CRASTO 2017 DOURO RED

    Item #: i_377947
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker Notes - Dark ruby in color, with excellent aroma expressiveness, showing notes of fresh red fruit and elegant floral notes reminiscent of violets. Seductive on the palate, evolving into a balanced wine of great volume and a solid structure. The tannins are polished and well-integrated with retronasal sensations of red fruit. Attractive and fresh wine, with a lovely, lingering finish.
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