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Roquevale Alentejano Ossa Rose 2015 Product #31063 (In Stock)
Roquevale Alentejano Ossa Rose 2015 Roquevale Alentejano Ossa Rose 2015

Here's something a bit exotic in the pink wine category - a Portuguese rose made from native grapes Castelão, Trincadeira and Aragonez.  It's a "direct press" rose, meaning the grapes were grown for pink wine production, were crushed and allowed to start fermentation before the bubbling juice was pressed off the skins and into tank.  A bit darker than most roses from the south of France, but no less deliciously refreshing.  Full and frankly fruity aromas of cherry and berry with a hint of crushed flowers and citrus.  The cherry/berry fruit floods your palate, picking up complexity from a touch of citrus pith bitterness that flows right on through the juicy, fresh, finish.  A fun Portuguese party pink you'll love sipping and sharing all summer long.

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Quinta Da Raza Vinho Verde 2015 Product #30829 (In Stock)
Quinta Da Raza Vinho Verde 2015 Quinta Da Raza Vinho Verde 2015

As Wine Advocate says, a delicious summer white with the lightest prickle on the tongue and a dry, crisp, finish.

"The 2015 Raza is a 50/35 blend of Arinto and Azal, with 15% Trajadura, unoaked and coming in at 11.5% alcohol. With 7.3 grams per liter of residual sugar, it is not austere, but the acidity is high enough to make it perceptibly dry. Beautifully focused, crisp and transparent, this is certainly one of the best yet for this label, with fine solidity, plenty of power and a fresh, lively feel. Not at all fizzy, it finishes with a wave of nice fruit as it airs out, too. This is the type of wine that should be drunk young for best results. Dive in. It will be glorious this summer."Wine Advocate 87 points

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Gatao Vinho Verde NV Product #17328 (In Stock)
Gatao Vinho Verde NV Gatao Vinho Verde NV

The Gatão is one of the most emblematic wines of the Vinhos Verdes Region. Young and fruity. Smooth, delicate, and fresh; a fun medium-dry wine meant to be enjoyed on the in the dog days of summer.

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Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011 Product #29373 (In Stock)
Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011 Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011

Number 8 on Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2014!   The grape blend here is a good example of why folks find Portuguese wine intimidating:  Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Castelão, Pinot Noir, and Touriga Nacional are in there somewhere!  The winemaking is pretty straight ahead, with fermentation in tank and just a little time in barrel and bottle before release.  But there’s a nice touch of complexity to the plump, juicy, aromas and flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, and tangy plum fruit and accents of crushed violets and lavender.  At just 12.5% abv, you can enjoy this solo with a chill or pair it everything from fried chicken to grilled tuna or burgers.

"A dark colored, dense wine that is rich and firmly structured. Aged in wood, it holds flavors of plum and berry fruits balanced with a fresh acidity. This is a wine for aging, its structure a powerful statement. Drink from 2014.”Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2012 Product #30389 (In Stock)
Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2012 Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2012

If you enjoy juicy Cotes du Rhone, fruit-forward California Rhone Rangers, and plummy Spanish Tempranillo, then do not miss this spectacular Portuguese value. You’ll love the sophisticated aromas of graphite, crushed berry, fresh mint, smoke and black plum.  Sweetly fruited and supple on the palate with more currant, blackberry, and raspberry fruit accented by notes of baker’s chocolate, spice, licorice, and berry blossoms.  The flavors are very clear and delineated and the texture much more suave than you’d expect from such a young wine – especially one made from 10 different Old World grapes. 

As Wine Enthusiast notes, this has the balance and structure to improve steadily over the next 5-8 years, so don’t hesitate to load up and hold some – if you can!  Because right now you’ll find it hard to resist on cold night by itself or paired with robust winter foods like stews, burgers, sausages, or – if you’re in the mood for the full Portuguse experience – grilled octopus!

“Structured, this oozes blackberry fruitiness as well as a balanced layer of dry tannins. The wine is fruity and rich while keeping its elegance. A core of tannins and fresh acidity in the fruit promise that this wine will age.” Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2015 Product #30886 (In Stock)
Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2015 Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2015

A classic spin on Portugal's "green wine" from Quintas Das Arcas in Portugal’s northwest corner.  It’s made from three traditional grapes - 40% Loureiro, 30% Trajadura, and 30% Arinto.  The high percentage of Loureiro gives the first hint of the quality here:  Lourerio is the hardest to grow of the three and gives the wine a boost in aromatic complexity.

The 2015 is Vinho Verde at its vibrant, youthful, best.  The Loureiro in the blend delivers a burst of intensely fresh citrus and green pear, lime zest and floral aromas.  A touch frothy on the palate with layers of lime, passionfruit, apricot, and green pineapple fruit flavors and a nice dose of seltzer-like minerality.  A perfect wine to sip on its own on a warm, late-summer, night or to enjoy with shellfish, salads, or grilled veggies.

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Justino's Izidro Madeira Fine Rich NV Product #28480 (In Stock)
Justino's Izidro Madeira Fine Rich NV Justino's Izidro Madeira Fine Rich NV

An outstanding in real Madeira for sipping or use in rich sauces or soups.  The light tawny color and heady aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, dark caramel, and burnt orange peel come from barrel aging and exposure to high heat for 3+ months - the process that "Madeirizes" the wine and creates its distinctive tang.  Lightly sweet to balance the zingy acids.

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Portal Do Fidalgo Alvarinho 2015 Product #31049 (In Stock)
Portal Do Fidalgo Alvarinho 2015 Portal Do Fidalgo Alvarinho 2015

The past two vintages reviewed pulled down 92 points from WE - this stunning 2015 is far better.  Technically a Vinho Verde, it's really a stunning Portuguese take on Spain's Albarino grape.  Explosive flavors of white peach, orange and apricot coat your palate and drive on through a dry peach and flower blossom finish.  Seriously refreshing and satisfying, this is a "do not miss" winner!

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Reguengo De Melgaco Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2015 Product #31072 (In Stock)
Reguengo De Melgaco Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2015 Reguengo De Melgaco Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2015

BIG flavor and fun here, with explosive orange and tangerine citrus, tropical fruit and a touch of apricot tang.  Very long, very delicious.

"The 2015 Alvarinho is dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. This is nicely structured, but it is most impressive for its expressive fruit. Ripe and delicious, with a solid mid-palate and crispness on the edges, this is a beautifully crafted Alvarinho. It should hold for several years, but it is hard to resist now."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Ramos Pinto Ruby Port Product #28028 (In Stock)
Ramos Pinto Ruby Port Ramos Pinto Ruby Port

A delicious and fun Ruby port made from younger vines of Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca and aged 3 years in big wooden wine vats called "balseiros". Fresh and fruit-filled with generous notes of crushed raspberry, blackberry, and sweet licorice and dark chocolate.  Very juicy and fresh, and perhaps too easy to drink by itself.  But, try it with Stilton, nuts, or chocolate cake - Yum!

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Rozes Porto White Reserve NV Product #25066 (In Stock)
Rozes Porto White Reserve NV Rozes Porto White Reserve NV

First, yes - this is a full 750ml bottle!  It's also a fascinating take on white Port.  Because the white wine aged in wood for 8 years, this drinks like a fantastically vibrant, youthful, tawney Port.  Full of dried apricot and raisin fruit and lightly caramelized walnut and almond flavors, it's lightly sweet and super long on the palate.  Delicous!

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Butler Nephew & Co Tawny Port Finest Reserve Nv Product #30430 (In Stock)
Butler Nephew & Co Tawny Port  Finest Reserve Nv Butler Nephew & Co Tawny Port  Finest Reserve Nv

Here's a rock-solid, wood-aged, tawny port that gives many 10 year (and some 20 year!) tawny's a run for their money!  Lots of spice to go with the cherry and wild berry fruit and accents of toasted nut and caramel.  Cinnamon and a bit of wild herb add complexity on the mellow finish. A nice value.

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Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year Product #30550 (In Stock)
Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year

A great example of what is perhaps the most classic style of “wood aged” or “Tawny” Port.  Winemaker Alvaro van Zeller, formerly winemaker at Quinta do Noval, blends this from Port lots that have aged in barrel about 20 years on average.  Plenty of richness and depth here but also a lively note of burnt orange peel and even a touch of fresh red berry.  A delicious value!

"Maynard’s is a brand from Alvaro van Zeller of Barão de Vilar. This 20-year-old is lush in its sweetness, with candied orange peel scents and ripe strawberry flavors that evaporate into a warm finish, lasting on scents of glazed chestnuts. A simple and delicious Tawny."Wine & Spirits 90 points

"The 20 Years Old Tawny Port (Maynard's) comes in at 109 grams per liter of residual sugar. A nice step up on the 10 Year Old Maynard's, also reviewed, this adds some weight, but more importantly, concentration of flavor--those old, classic Tawny nuances. Very pleasing, yet easy to drink, this is a charming 20 that should be available at a nice price."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port Product #7247 (In Stock)
Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port

Dow’s winemakers pick lots every vintage to go into the Tawny Port program.  The finished Port goes into large barrels and ages slowly, gradually acquiring a nutty, caramel, character and gaining an orangey/tawny color.  Dow’s 10-Year Tawny is made from a blend of these ports that are average approximately 10 years of age - although the “10-Year” designation indicates style more than actual wine age.  Dow’s 10-Year Tawny is a classic - orange peel, caramel, honey, nuts, and dried fig flavors swirl around a hint of red berry fruit.  Once again, the classic Dow dry finish keeps the wine refreshing.

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Conceito Tinto 2011 Product #29111 (In Stock)
Conceito Tinto 2011 Conceito Tinto 2011

The aromas in Rita's breakthrough Douro Valley dry red fuse the dark, intensely ripe, scents of perfectly ripe wild berries and black cherry with barrel notes of vanilla, cedar, and spice to create something astonishing - this smells like the very best, most exotic, beef stock you can possibly imagine.  The wild and captivating complexity of the nose carries through in the mouth to deliver a manage of flavors I can list - black raspberry, plum, licorice, sweet spice, anise, coffee, bitter chocolate, warm stones - but that I can't really describe. The blend of sweet and savory aromas and flavors is unique, as is the level of intense minerality that shines through from first sniff through the lip-smacking finish.  A kick of black cherry juice, coffee, and sweet spice pop out right at the back of the palate, adding an element of fun to this serious, sophisticated, and stunning wine.  An achievement, but only 830 cases made.

"Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz. Fragrant dark fruit not obscured by the oak. Tight and chewy and both pure and complex. Quite a grip but has a generous softness of fruit to fill out the structure. Long."  Jancisrobinson.com 17+/20

"In many respects, this puts it all together for the winery. On first taste, it doesn't seem notably different, but it does everything well and seems more or less without flaws. It is elegant, but it doesn't fade. It has the lifted feel of the 2012, but more focus. It shows more concentration than the 2007, and so on. Graceful in the mid-palate, it shows off that subtle sort of concentration that the 2011 vintage seems to provide--tightly wound, but never jammy--together with a well-balanced but rather serious backbone. It was still tannic, vibrant and persistent after hours of aeration, yet it never seems ponderous. The fruit is also fresh and lively, making it really easy to adore. It should continue to age well for the foreseeable future and it will certainly improve with several more years of cellaring. This in time will be a great food wine." Wine Advocate 95 points

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Conceito Branco 2011 Product #29112 (In Stock)
Conceito Branco 2011 Conceito Branco 2011

Rita first came to international attention with the 2007 edition of this white, and Wine Advocate once again named this their top Douro white in 2011.  It’s a field blend of of Rabigato, Côdega de Larinho, Códega, Viosinho and Gouveio from an ancient, pre-phylloxera, vineyard in the cool Teja Valley, far above the Douro River.  Rita fermented and aged the just ripe fruit for 10 months in a blend of French and Caucasian oak, about 40% new.

This takes the bright, fresh, fruit flavors of the Contraste Branco and adds a layer of white Burgundy sophistication and complexity.  Aromas of apple, apricot, grilled pineapple, smoke, crushed chervil, and wet stones.  The flavors follow the nose and add creamy vanilla, toasted nut, and brown spice and find the crushed fresh herb coming forward.  An anise note emerges on the back and carries through to the long, broad, and super-fresh finish that just keeps pumping out juicy acids, bitter citrus pith, and salty mineral flavors for a minute or more. A stunner for now and years to come.

"More minerally and longer than the Contraste and a little more concentrated and with greater ageing potential. Citrus, grapefruit, mineral and really good length. Sophisticated with a line of freshness and drive."  JancisRobinson.com 17/20

"If the ‘11 Contraste is sunny and exhilarating, this adds the solidity and power, while remaining fresh, pure and bright. It has oak, but it seems so fresh that I can taste the tank. It ends with a gripping finish. The ‘10 may brood a bit more, but this may well be the best wine here and I’ll be interested to see how it ages. It combines that youthful exuberance with fine depth and solidity. Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This rich, wood-aged wine is balanced and stylish. It shows the great potential for white wine in the Douro, with its panoply of flavors ranging from creamed apple to white peach, with a hint of herb. It’s a fruity offering that will age for at least 3–4 years."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004 Product #27905 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004 Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004

The Barros family made their name in the Deuro during the 20th Century before selling the brand and focusing their energies on dry wines at Quinta Dona Matilde.  But, Filippe Barros and family aren’t quite ready to give up Port just yet, and they’ve tapped their broad range of contacts to create this brilliant 9 year-old beauty.

A lovely amber color with shimmering gold and rose highlights.  Big, lush, aromas of caramelized nuts, toffee, orange peel, and dried fruits lead to deep flavors of more toffee, toasted pecan, blood orange, dried redcurrant, and more.  Although it’s richly textured and weighty, a beam of brilliant acidity runs through the wine, giving freshness and a dry, very lightly tannic, finish.  This will thrill any fan of 10 year Tawny Port, matching that style’s freshness and fruit character and adding on more subtlety and complexity.

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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Product #24683 (In Stock)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml

Usually my personal favorite of the line-up (although 2007 Fonseca is pretty impressive!), the 2009 Taylor Fladgate delivers the Bordeaux-like elegance and class it's known for. On the nose black fruit with notes of raspberry and plum and hints of graphite and cedar. The flavors stay black with currant and cherry appearing plus dark licorice root, apple skin, and more graphite. The deep flavors stay over top of the firm, grippy, mouth-coating tannins that keep everything focused and almost elegant (if such a big wine can be elegant). Love it.

"Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused although I feel that the 2007 has a little more depth and persistency. Very pretty and very pure, this Taylor's may well put on weight with a couple of years in bottle and merit a higher mark."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv Product #29046 (In Stock)
Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv

"The non-vintage RWC Baltimore Rainwater (bottled January 2012) was designed to reintroduce Rainwater as a prestige style rather than the cheaper, paler versions of years gone by. Its template was a Rainwater that Mannie Berk tasted from the 1820s. It has a light lanolin, melted candle wax, dried fig and orange blossom-scented bouquet that expands nicely with aeration. The palate is crisp and light on the entry, with a vibrant citric thread that combines succinctly with bitter orange and mandarin notes. It is laced with a touch of toffee towards the elegant finish. This is delicate, understated and delicious."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011 Product #27907 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011 Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011

The Barros family knows a thing or two about Vintage Port, with family founder Manoel Moreira de Barros starting the top-notch Barros estate in the early 1900s.  Quinta Dona Matilde was already highly respected when Barros acquired it in 1925, although it was equally famous for being one of the most difficult to farm vineyards in the Douro Valley.  Dona Matilde passed out of the family with the sale of the entire Barros group in 2006, but less than a year later Manoel Moreira’s grandson, Manuel Angelo Barros, was able to buy it back and return the Barros family to the Port and fine wine business.

Many of you have loved the family’s 2007 Vintage Port when we’ve offered it in the past, but importer Jonas Gustafsson and Filippe Barros agree with me that the 2011 is a substantial step up in quality and sophistication.  The wine opens with lovely aromas of dried blackcurrant and raisin with a touch of leafy tobacco, wet stone minerality, and vanilla spice.  The aromas carry through on the rich palate where nutty, spicy, undertones emerge and the sense of minerality gets stronger.  As you’d hope for in a young Vintage Port, there’s very nice grip to the firm tannins and plenty of juicy, refreshing, acids to keep everything fresh and focused. The chewy tannins don’t get in the way of the long finish where the minerality and spice notes really shine.  Try this now with walnuts and Stilton cheese or cellar it for as long as you’d like to.

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