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Prats And Symington Douro Chryseia 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Pure and fresh-tasting, with good cut to the dark plum, blackberry pie and hot stone flavors, full of mincemeat and mineral notes. The...
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Quinta De Roriz Douro Prazo De Roriz 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Concentrated and engaging flavors of cherry, currant and dried plum are set in a firm, powerful structure. Shows intense minerality...
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Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - Big and rich, this is full of Asian spice notes that are woven between ripe dark plum, blackberry and dried blueberry flavors. Chocolate...
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Quinta Do Vallado Douro Reserva 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2012 Reserva is Vallado's old-vines field blend, aged for 18 months in French barriques (55% new, 45% used). It comes in at 14.5%...

2012 Douro Portugal

The undisputed jewel in Portugal's crown is the beautiful wine region of Douro, located along the banks of the river from where it gets its name. The region itself is renowned around the world for its range of wonderfully aromatic fortified wines, as well as a wide variety of still red and white wines made from native grape varietals. Wineries in the Douro region utilize a huge amount of different local grapes for their characterful wines, but generally the most popular are made from Tinta Roriz, a rich and flavorful red wine grape related to Spain's flagship Tempranillo. However, there are plenty of different red and white grape varietals used in the region, all benefiting from the excellent hot weather and mineral rich terroir which characterizes the Douro valleys.
Benefiting from both the hot, dry Iberian climate as well as brisk Atlantic winds, Portugal is a perfectly situated country for vineyard cultivation and wine production. With a wine making history which stretches back thousands of years, it comes as little surprise that wine plays an important role in the cultural identity and practices of the country. The Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks and the Romans all had a hand in forming Portugal as an important center for wine production, and over the millennia, this resulted in each region of this beautiful part of Europe producing its own distinctive wines easily identifiable and separate from neighboring Spain's. Today, the varied terroir and climate across Portugal allows a great range of wines to be made each year, from the fresh and dry Vinho Verde wines to the famous and widely drunk fortified Port wines, and many in between.