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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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Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2013 Product #28525 (In Stock)
Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2013 Conde Villar Vinho Verde 2013

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 2012 Vinho Verde at its vibrant, youthful, best.  The Loureiro in the blend delivers a burst of intensely fresh citrus and green pear fruit, lime skin, and floral aromas.  Take a sip and you’ll discover more citrus fruit, wet stones, and a touch of yeasty freshness.  The finish is bright, crisp, and dry with lingering mineral/yeast and lime notes.  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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Quinta Dona Matilde Branco 2010 Product #27660 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Branco 2010 Quinta Dona Matilde Branco 2010

From one of the oldest estates in Portugal's Douro valley and still family owned. Their white wine is made from the local grape varieties of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio and Rabigato. Crystal clear in color, this is wonderfully aromatic with notes of citrus, passion fruit, melon and fresh rainwater with a touch of jasmine.  The flavors follow in this richly textured, but terrifically refreshing, white that leaves ample citrus acidity and saline mineral notes on the mouthwatering, fresh, finish.  Terrific wine.

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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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Esporao Assobio Douro 2011 Product #28538 (In Stock)
Esporao Assobio Douro 2011 Esporao Assobio Douro 2011

You may have heard that 2011 was an outstanding year for Vintage Port - well, those same grapes made great dry wine, too!  This blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca was harvested ripe, fermented cool, and aged in a mixture of tank and oak barrel.  It's a big, muscular, wine that needs a decant and big food now or a few years in cellar to really shine.  Outstanding value, especially if you're looking for something interesting to lay down for a few years.

"Assobio is from a single vineyard in the Quinta dos Murças estate. A powerful, structured expression of Douro wine, it has black fruits, dark tannins, some subtle layers of wood aging and great concentration. Dark and richly fruity, it needs to mature before drinking."Wine Enthusiast 94 points

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Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009 Product #28094 (In Stock)
Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009 Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009

"The 2009 Contraste red is a Douro blend, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Sousao, aged 70% in 3rd year barriques of French oak. This is never terribly concentrated, but it is quite luscious this year. Despite the modest oak treatment, it still has a certain creamy nuance on opening. But you pay the price of admission here for the flavorful fruit. Softly textured, sexy, ripe and easily approachable, with moderate tannins, this goes down easy and just plain tastes great. Yet, it does have character, too; it just needs an hour of air to show it. With air, some herbal nuances pop up, it comes together well, becomes silkier and displays increasingly fine balance. I liked this more and more, despite a relatively straightforward beginning. Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Conceito Contraste Branco Douro 2011 Product #28093 (In Stock)
Conceito Contraste Branco Douro 2011 Conceito Contraste Branco Douro 2011

Fresh, bright, and great with asparagus!

"The 2011 Branco, the flagship estate white, is basically the same blend and process as the 2010 reviewed this issue, says winemaker Rita Marques. Not surprisingly, given the quality of this white lineup, this is super, too. If the ‘10 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. For now, I’m chalking up some of the freshness to its obvious youth. It combines that youthful exuberance with fine depth and solidity. I’m still leaning up a little, but I don’t think this will disappoint. Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 93 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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Graham's 10 Year Tawny Porto Product #10639 (In Stock)
Graham's 10 Year Tawny Porto Graham's 10 Year Tawny Porto

A classic 10 Year Tawny Port, this marries notes of dried apple and berry with a touch of creamy caramel.

"This has a zesty, sweet floral aroma, with well-spiced flavors of apple tart, flan and cocoa powder. The plush, mouthfilling finish of cream, vanilla and raspberry is fresh and balanced. Drink now. 25,000 cases made."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Warre's Vintage Port 2011 375ml Product #27180 (In Stock)
Warre's Vintage Port 2011 375ml Warre's Vintage Port 2011 375ml

Half Bottle  One of my favorites in 2011, the texture here is fantastic, with the ripe, dense, flavors offset by bright acidity and firm minerality.  Masses and masses of grip, but the tannin is fully ripe and velvety.  Hard to resist right now.

"Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish. 3,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try in 2022."  James Suckling 96 points

"Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip. Best from 2030 through 2060."Wine Spectator 96 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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Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996 Product #21462 (In Stock)
Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996 Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996

A magnificent, nutty and lightly sweet, Madeira with a classic bite and salty tang at the end.  Beautiful with cheese or nuts or caramel desserts.  Because Madeira is already oxidized and "cooked," it's more or less indestructible.  Open a bottle, leave it on the counter, and enjoy over months (or longer!).

"The 1996 Colheita was aged in oak casks for five years and then bottled. It has a very well-defined bouquet of dried figs, lemon rind, dried herbs and a touch of dates that soar from first opening and continue to bloom over several hours. The palate is fresh and lively. This is a more feminine Colheita with a crisp thread of acidity: lovely touches of marmalade and orange rind counterbalancing its viscous texture. It exhibits impressive cohesion and linearity to create a Colheita that has intent and purpose, full of energy and race."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Conceito Vintage Port 2007 Product #23267 (In Stock)
Conceito Vintage Port 2007 Conceito Vintage Port 2007

The 2007 Port vintage is shaping up as a beauty, so it's no surprise that Rita Ferreria Marques had delivered an exciting wine. A touch more polished than the powerful 2005 Vintage, we agree with Wine Advocate - this is "a sleeper of the vintage" and great value, too!

"The purple-colored 2007 Conceito Vintage Port offers up an attractive perfume of mineral, pencil lead, blackberry, and black currants. This leads to an elegantly styled wine with excellent volume, depth, and grip. It has enough structure to evolve for a decade along with layers of savory fruit for balance. This lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2027. It is a sleeper of the vintage. As an aside, Jonas Gustafson, the importer, has an outstanding Spanish portfolio so it is not a surprise to me that he has uncovered this little-known producer." Wine Advocate 90 points

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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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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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Fonseca Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Product #24682 (In Stock)
Fonseca Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Fonseca Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml

If Croft is the Aussie Shiraz of the line, then Fonseca is the Napa Cabernet. The story here is all about power - powerful aromatics, powerful palate, powerful tannins. Big aromas feature dark black currant and plum accented by notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee with citrus and menthol overtones. In the mouth, firm and packed with muscular black fruit, dark chocolate, and licorice root flavors. As the velvet cloaked tannins well up on the finish, a beautiful floral note emerges as well. This probably isn't as fine as the 2007, but it's outstanding nonetheless!

"The Fonseca 2009 has a very ripe sweet prune and fig-tinged bouquet that is very precocious. Touches of smoke, raisin and dark plum begin to emerge with time, though it needs to evolve a little more cohesion. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannins, luscious dark berried fruit, touches of pomegranate, fig and dates that lead to a gently grippy, persistent finish."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Broadbent Vintage Port 2007 Product #26992 (In Stock)
Broadbent Vintage Port 2007 Broadbent Vintage Port 2007

A very fine, rich and velvety port from one of the greatest vintages ever.

"The 2007 Broadbent Vintage Port is opaque purple-colored with a fragrant bouquet of earth, mineral, spice box, blackberry and licorice that jumps from the glass. On the palate it is intensely flavored, fleshy, and moderately structured with a decade of aging potential. This medium long, savory, balanced Port should drink well through 2032." Wine Advocate 90 points

"Offers raisin and dried berry notes, with hints of black pepper and spices. Full-bodied, with a fiery dried fruit aftertaste and a chewy finish. Medium sweet. Very grapey. Best after 2015. 100 cases made."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Warre's Vintage Port 2011 Product #27175 (In Stock)
Warre's Vintage Port 2011 Warre's Vintage Port 2011

One of my favorites in 2011, the texture here is fantastic, with the ripe, dense, flavors offset by bright acidity and firm minerality.  Masses and masses of grip, but the tannin is fully ripe and velvety.  Hard to resist right now.

"Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish. 3,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try in 2022."  James Suckling 96 points

"Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip. Best from 2030 through 2060."Wine Spectator 96 points

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Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port 2011 Product #27566 (In Stock)
Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port 2011 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port 2011

Beautiful stuff to cellar, but hard to resist right now.

"Deep, saturated ruby. Tight, high-pitched aromas of black fruits, minerals, spices, printer's ink and licorice, complicated by nutty and earthy nuances. Juicy, savory and youthfully imploded; not hugely opulent or sweet but a wine of great density and class, showing a pliant texture and no rough edges. This seemed even more intense after I swallowed it, showing a palate-drenching quality with no weightiness. Doesn't have quite the dimension or floral complexity of the Nacional but a wine of great finesse, and built for decades of life."International Wine Cellar 96 points

"The 2011 Quinta do Noval has wonderful precision on the nose with blackberry, cassis, intriguing flinty notes and a whiff of smoke. It might not possess the power of the Nacional but it has freshness to spare. That comes through on the beautifully composed palate, which is underpinned by fine tannins that lend it a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is real intensity here, but it is very controlled with superb minerality on the finish. Excellent."Wine Advocate 94-96 points

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