Vale da Mata, Red
Staff Pick

Vale da Mata, Red - 2016

Item # 41159 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
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$239.52 $215.57/ Case of 12
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Red
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Tasting Notes

An elegant, fuller-bodied red blend based on 90 year old Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz vines. Aged in older, 500 liter French barrels for 2 years before bottling. Aromas of dark fruit and marked by great minerals as the vines are influence by their proximity to the Atlantic ocean.


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Staff Pick Notes

Meet your new favorite wine for the chilly months! It hails from vineyards just outside of Lisbon and is based on Touriga Nacional. Most notable as one of the grapes blended in Port, on it's own Touriga Nacional makes some hearty, dry reds that compliment stews and roasted or smoked meats. Expect dark plum and black currant fruit along with notes of tobacco, mint, cacao, and violet. The wines of the Lisboa region are often overlooked, but well worth exploring. Atlantic breezes provide a cooling effect and help protect the grapes from becoming too ripe, as well as mold and pests. Give this a try; you won't be disapponted.

- DY

Astor's Glossary of Terms

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...

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