- 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. I especially love how 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. Drink some for Christmas dinner but have enough on hand to follow it for a decade or more. 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
"The 2011 Tinto is the winery’s estate bottling, an old-vines (80 years) field blend from Quinta do Cabido, aged for 20 months in French oak (only 50% new). Showing nice concentration, yet that balanced and lively feel typical of the 2011 vintage, this has pulled in some of the oak now and displays more of its crisp, transparent and wonderfully fresh feel. Beautifully elegant and perfectly conceived, it is harmonious and potentially brilliant, making it worth an uptick for its potential. The only remaining question here is whether it will develop more complexity. I think that it will. This looks like the best red Conceito has ever made. It’s a nice value, too. Drink 2015-2026." Wine Advocate 95 points
"Both rich and well structured, this shows sumptuous ripe plums that are contrasted with acidity that brings out a tenser side to the wine. It also indicates its aging potential. To allow the tannins and powerful structure time to develop, drink from 2018."Wine Enthusiast 93 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