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Staff Pick

Sparkling Vinhão "Yakkos" Grande Reserve, Aphros - 2006

Item # 36715 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A tannic, dry, red sparkler made from the Vinhão grape. Winemaker Vasco Croft is turning out some of the most exciting Portuguese wines and we are thrilled to discover this delicious treat. Excellent for the table, this is a wine to impress guests at your next dinner.

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Staff Pick Notes

This pours like blackberry juice. If any of you recall the recent fad of deep, dark, big Shiraz — high-scoring alcoholic powerhouses from Molly Dooker or Ben Glazer — this will give you flashbacks. That stuff is totally not my style! I want the funky, the dry, the forgotten! But this manages to work on that level, too. Yakkos delivers the subliminal pleasures of an intense, concentrated wine, with the acid and intrigue I seek. The fine mousse is a little unusual, but not unwelcome. Herbs, cedar, and wild berries that taste darker than any berry I've ever known, fresh tannins, and effervescence.

- TT

Astor's Glossary of Terms


The Dão and the Douro are the most important regions as far as red Portuguese table wine is concerned. Douro wines tend to be a bit fuller and fleshier than their Dão counterparts, which are generally lighter and higher in acidity. Reds from both regions are dense, rustic, and well-balanced. They also show their terroir quite clearly, and represent a great alternative to the modern fruit-driven...

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