Quinta do Pôpa "Contos da Terra", Douro Red
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Quinta do Pôpa "Contos da Terra", Douro Red - 2019

Item # 32283 750mL

From a careful selection of the Douro's classic grape varieties, this intense red carries the story of Portugal. Classic and fresh with zippy acidity, this full-bodied wine is like an unfortified Port: intensely ripe with a long finish.

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Here's a wine to cheer the soul! Zone A Port grapes undergo a cool fermentation and remain unoaked to yield an incredibly juicy, appealing dry wine whose nose reminds me uncannily of Churchill's vintage port. Grapes are grown right on the banks of the Douro: a privileged location, as much of the actual banks are Unesco-protected sites. The river lends a cool minerality, and a proportion of old vines contribute some seriousness, to the vibrant, fruity wine. Quinto do Popa's "Contas da Terra" shows rich, ripe black cherries, candied plums, blackberry jam, potpourri, hibiscus tea, and pomegranate on the nose. The palate is more restrained, with good acidity and a nice mineral undercurrent. Just what the doctor called for.

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Portugal

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 style. Vinho Verde is Portugal’s most famous white wine. Literally translated as "green wine," it...

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