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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Winery Nicolau De Almeida & Filhos

Region: Douro

From their beautifully rich Bordeaux style wines, to their famous fortified wines, the wineries of Douro in Portugal have long been recognized as being amongst the finest of the Old World. For over two thousand years, Douro has been an important center of fine wine production, and it isn't difficult to see why the earliest attempts at viticulture led to an ever expanding wine industry in the region. The beautiful Douro river provides the vineyards with all the moisture and nutrients they need in order to grow fruit of real character and flavor, and the long, baking hot summers help ripen the grapes and intensify their juices. Today, Douro wines are popular all over the world, and wineries are producing more bottles than ever before to keep up with demand. Although the region is still most famous for the fortified wines of Porto, the still wines have centuries of tradition, and a whole set of distinctive flavors and characteristics that simply cannot be ignored.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.