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

Nicolau De Almeida & Filhos - 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

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

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.