- Conceito Contraste Branco 2013 Product #29113 (In Stock)
A brilliant sipping and food-friendly white that opens with wonderfully fresh aromas of passionfruit, Granny Smith, honeysuckle, and sweet herb. At once rich and fresh on the palate with bright white peach, apricot, lemon, pineapple, and more passionfruit flavors, this finds an extra gear with pretty accents of fresh white flowers and just a hint of buttered hazelnut. There's a seltzer-like minerality on the palate and that continues through on the finish where juicy lemon and passionfruit acidity pulses through to make your mouth water nicely. You’ll love this as a cocktail white now, but try it with fresh fish dusted with herb and a squeeze of lemon.
"The 2013 Contraste is a blend of Rabigato, Codega do Larinho, Codega and Viosinho, with 30% of the juice aged in new French oak, the rest in tank. This sings for its beautiful freshness and elegance. Vibrant, sunny and lively, I do think it is a match for the 2012, showing its fine purity of fruit and beautiful integration of oak. It manages to maintain a certain, if subtle, stonewashed feel despite the oak. Drink it on the younger side, but I expect it to hold reasonably well and perhaps even better than I think. Drink now-2018."Wine Advocate 90 points
- Conceito Contraste Tinto 2012 Product #29114 (In Stock)
Most Portuguese wines are first and foremost about the fruit - usually dark purple/black fruit flavors like blackberry, black cherry, black plum, boysenberry, etc. - often ripe to the point of showing roasted or jam-like character. "Contraste" really belongs in the name off this wine, because it goes off in another direction entirely. Yes, the fruit is ripe and generous - if a touch more fresh and with red cherry and even strawberry accents not often found in the Douro - but the soul of the wine is the green tobacco herbal notes and firm slate-dust minerality that coats your palate and lingers with a stone and iron-like tang. Definitely not a cocktail sipper, this is serious red wine for hearty foods where it will refresh your palate and lift roasted, smoked, or grilled herb-rubbed meats to new heights of deliciousness.
- Conceito Tinto 2011 Product #29111 (In Stock)
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
- Conceito Branco 2011 Product #29112 (In Stock)
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