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Nicolau De Almeida & Filhos Quinta Do Monte Xisto Douro 2013 750ml
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Nicolau De Almeida & Filhos Quinta Do Monte Xisto Douro Red Blend 2013

Douro - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Quinta do Monte Xisto red, the Estate Tinto, is a 60/35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesca, with a dollop of Sousão; aged for 18 months in 600-liter barrels (30% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Wonderfully refined and graceful, this is all about the finesse in the mid-palate, but it adds considerable pop on the finish. The backbone is real, but the tannins are controlled. The oak shows a bit too much just now, but it should easily integrate in time. The mid-palate does sometimes seem a bit modest as it receives extended aeration. At the moment, the structure is well ahead of the fruit, so this does have a thing or two to prove in the cellar. It should become more expressive and complex, but let's be a bit conservative just now.
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Region: Douro

The vineyards situated around the Douro river in Portugal are amongst the oldest in Europe, and the area has been used for cultivating grapevines for at least two thousand years. As such, this is a region where tradition is strong, and authenticity is key, leading to characterful wines of real quality and uniquely Portuguese flavors. Although the region is most commonly known for its delicious and aromatic fortified wines, wineries and vintners of the Douro also make still red and white wines of great quality, using the many grape varietals which flourish there. Several red and white wine grape varietals grow extremely well in the region, thanks to the long hot summers and mild autumns the Douro enjoys, and each is used to its full potential by vintners with generations of experience and expertise.

Country: Portugal

One of the oldest regions of Portugal for wine production and vine cultivation is the Bairrada, the lush and clay-rich region responsible for an impressive range of red, white and rosé wines of exceptional quality. As with much of the country, this region benefits from long, hot summers, allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity and thus carry a wide range of flavors and aromas. However, each region of Portugal produces wines which reach a high level of quality, from the more urbanized regions around Lisbon and Porto, where the famous fortified and Colares wines originate, to the island of Madeira and the Dao river valley, which each have their own distinctive wine cultures. The several thousand years of viticultural history in Portugal has allowed Portuguese wineries to master their own traditional techniques, which are still employed to this day across the country, yielding excellent results for the world to enjoy.