A little Gem from Portugal…

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APPELLATION: Douro Valley

SUBREGION: Cima Corgo

PRODUCTION ZONE: Vacalar-Armamar

VIGNERON: António Sousa

WINEMAKER: Paulo J. Teixeira Barros

VARIETALS: 40% Touriga National, 30% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Borroca, 10% Sousão

VINEYARDS: Schist soils, terraced at 985-1,150 feet

VINIFICATION: Total stripping of the grapes, fermentation in granite ‘lagar’ for 8 days

AGING: 12 months; 60% French oak barrels, 40% Portuguese oak barrels

PRODUCTION: 5,000 bottles

PAIRINGS: A deep ruby with aromas of ripe, jammy red fruit and fresh, herbal notes. Complex and full bodied in the mouth with good structure and continued ripe red fruit flavors that linger on a long, balanced finish.

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