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_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: 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_321817Bottle Size: 750mlPet Nat Rosé 'Phaunus', Aphros A blend of 50% Vinhão and 50% Alvarelhão (known as Brancellao across the border in Galicia) macerated very briefly on the skins whose primary fermentation occurs partially in tank and finishes in bottle (ancestral-method sparkling). No added yeast or sugar.
- 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_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."