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Croft Bottled 1974 Porto Distinction 10 Year Tawny
Cask ageing: 10 Years. This Port was matured in such small oak barrels for an average of 10 years prior to bottling in 1977.
Henriques and Henriques NV Madeira Rainwater (3yr Old)
Tinta Negra Mole. Soil: mixed volcanic (basalt, tufa). Harvest: mid-August to early October; hand-harvested. Fermentation: some whole-cluster; fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts. Elevage: 90-day estufagem, followed by aging in balseiro (large cask) for a minimum of three years.
(Arrives 4/6) Touriga Franca/Touriga Nacional/Tinta Roriz plus mixed-variety old vines. From exclusively Class A parcels (Serra Douro and Serra de Baixho) totaling 7.5 hectares on poor schist soils—the vines are 50 years or older. The fruit is hand-harvested, partly destemmed and fermented exclusively in lagar; fermentation is stopped with 77-degree wine brandy. The wine is aged for 2 years in a variety of tonel and balseiro, which are tall wooden tanks from 3,000-60,000 liters with thick staves that slow down oxidation. The 2016 finished at a modest 19.5% alcohol and 72 g/liter RS. In the glass, the wine shows a beautiful red/purple plum in color. The nose is full of fruity cassis and smoke, anise, fennel, and cherry. After a moment, you can detect a subtle aroma of sweet cocoa. The palate is generous, with bold flavors of plum and black cherry, plus a refreshing edge of bitter herb. Plump in structure, cut by a dash of medium acidity. A lovely dose of simple and elegant sweetness, as well. A long finish ends with an essence of dried cherries and espresso. This is a port for all drinkers - complex and tasty!
Quinta do Infantado NV Porto Ruby
The Quinta do Infantado is a delicious "ruby" port of superb quality made from Touriga Franca/Touriga Nacional/Tinta Roriz/old field-blended red varieties. From exclusively Class A parcels (Serra Douro, Lapa, Castelos) totaling 11.5 hectares on poor schist soils. The fruit is hand-harvested, partly destemmed and fermented in lagar and tank; fermentation is stopped with 77-degree grape brandy. The wine is aged in a variety of tonel and balseiro, which are tall wooden tanks from 3,000-60,000 liters with thick staves that slow down oxidation. It finishes at a modest 19.5% alcohol and 70 g/liter RS, in other words considerably drier than most rubies. The average age in bottle is 2-3 years. This is an insanely delicious everyday porto that is the best value in the US, or in Portugal for that matter...
Quinta do Infantado NV Porto Tawny
From exclusively Class A parcels (Serra di Cima and Serra Douro) totaling 12 hectares on poor schist soils. The fruit is hand-harvested, partly destemmed and fermented in lagar and tank; fermentation is stopped with 77-degree grape brandy. The wine is aged in very old pipas. A pipa or 'pipe" in English is the traditional 550-liter wooden cask used for aging, as well as measuring quantities of, port; it is ideal for tawnies, as oxidation is promoted by its horizontal orientation, smaller capacity and thinner staves (versus the thicker ones of the huge wooden tank called a tonel or balseiro used for ruby and vintage ports). Infantado tawny finishes at a modest 19.5% alcohol and 70 g/liter RS, considerably drier than most tawnies. The average age in bottle is 4-5 years. Practicing Organic Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.
Dominó 2017 Vinho Tinto Salao Frio
Aragonez, Castelão, Arinto, Tamarez, and Grand Noir. The soils are a mixture of clay and granite. The vineyard itself is quite diverse, with some vines facing north and others facing south. Once the grapes are picked, they are whole bunch pressed, then macerated in stainless steel tanks for two months. The wine is aged in used French oak barrels for eight months. It is aged in bottle for two years before release.
Quinta da Mariposa 2018 Dao Vinho Tinto
Lúcia Freitas manages Quinta da Mariposa, located in Carregal do Sal in the Dao región of Portgal. The Dao is home to Portugal’s oldest varieties, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. Mariposa’s Tinto is a blend of both of these varieties and a little bit of Jaen (or, Mencia). It shows notes of wild strawberry, bramble, some brown spice and fresh herbs. JDC
Quinta do Javali 2019 Douro 'Clos Fonte do Santo Cherry Tree Vineyard'
A field blend of about 20 different varieties, all indigenous to the Douro. The 'Cherry Tree' sees a short maceration, and combined with the assumed inclusion of some white grapes in the vineyard, the wine is light and ehtereal. A really lovely wine, and a contrast to otherwise darker expressions from the region.
Sidónio de Sousa 2016 Bairrada Reserva
Sidónio de Sousa's Reserva Tinto is a savory, medium to full-bodied expression of Baga, from clay-limestone soils in the Ancas-Bairrada. Pressing and fermentation happens in traditional small cement lagars, with aging for a year in large 4000L barrels, and a further two years in bottle before release. Pepper, black currant, oregano, and fresh earth abound. For a wine under $20, this traditional Baga over-delivers, providing the leather and cedar notes of a fine Bordeaux mixed with the finesse of Nebbiolo. Perhaps an old fashioned wine in style, this is no fault! A great value. -EL
Arinto, Loureiro, Trajadura. Portugal. Sustainably-farmed wine. With a little sparkle, this Vinho Verde is light and fresh. At less than one bar of CO2 pressure, they do not quite qualify as semi-sparkling wines but do have a definite pétillance.