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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 Reserva Old Vines is a fine success. Granting that I don't have this side-by-side with the 2011, the difference doesn't seem to...
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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Vinha Maria Teresa 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2013 Vinha Maria Teresa is Crasto's lone single vineyard wine this year--there will be no Ponte--and it is a beauty. Showing the big...
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Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2013 Tinto (the Estate, flagship red here) is a blend of 58% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinta Barroca and 2% Tinta...
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Ramos Pintos Duas Quintas 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Duas Quintas was recently seen in Porto, but since it is now in the USA and we now have a vertical, let's take another look. It...
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Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Pintas 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 Pintas, the winery's traditional flagship, is a field blend sourced from 85+ year old vines; aged for 20 months in a 60/40...

2013 Douro Portugal Red Blend

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.