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Old-vine field blend of over twenty varieties, made in the best vintages (2010) rather than from a blend of vintages. The Infantado Colheita is always a superb wine, a bit more distinctive and rich than the regular 10-year. It comes from exclusively Class A parcels (Vale de Moinhos and Castelos) totaling 3.5 hectares on poor schist soils. The fruit is hand-harvested, partly destemmed and fermented exclusively in lagar; fermentation is stopped with seventy-seven-degree wine brandy. The wine was aged for ten years in a combination of very old tonel or balseiro (tall wooden tanks from 3,000-60,000 liters with thick staves that slow down oxidation) and the classic Port pipa (550-liter horizontal casks with thinner staves that promote oxidation). The 2010 is a gorgeous wine with a lovely fairly dark tawny color . The aromas are pure and elegant with dried red currant and raisin, rose petal, blood orange peel, clove. The palate is silky and supple with very pure focused flavors of dried fruits, earth, citrus and brown spice that continue in the very long finish which is sustained by firm acidity. This is a simply outstanding Colheita that will pair with fruit deserts and full-flavored cheeses and is a delight to sip by itself. This happily avoids the excess sweetness and brandy notes of Colheitas from the more commercial houses. Highly recommended and a bargain at the price! David Lillie
A delightful and idyllic orange wine from Tiago Teles and Antonio Marques-da Cruz. 100% Vital - a rare local grape from the Serra de Montejunto near Lisbon, with two weeks of maceration on the skins, and aging for about a year in old barrels. From my little experience with Vital, there is a LOT of character, but it's not overwhelmingly fragrant on the nose. Along with subtle overtones of stone fruit and salt, there are lovely aromas of crushed skins. Delicate tannins, elegant, and food friendly. Well worth a try for fans of skin contact wines. -EL
Bairrada, with its cooler maritime climate, has a long history of producing fresh and distinctive sparkling wines of quality from the native grapes of the region. Filipa Pato admirably keeps the tradition alive with her delicious and unpretentious brut rosé made from a blend of Bairrada’s signature noble red variety Baga and the tangy high acid white grape, Bical. Spicy and zesty with notes of bright citrus and red berries, this is a great (and affordable!) pairing for baked fish with paprika and Iberian olive oil, smoked fish or a party with a variety of hors d'oeuvres...
What a treat! A Loureiro from northern Portugal, essentially in the Vinho Verde region, that is complex, mineral, and much like some of our favorite Muscadets. Relatively neutral on the nose, save for a hint of lemon pith and wet stone, the palate is fresh and chiseled. 3 days of gentle skin contact lend some weight and flesh to the mid-palate. The lime blossom and saline notes give way to more breadth as the wine opens up, likely thanks to the aging, which is done half in stainless steel, but also 25% in chestnut barrels and 25% in tinaja (local anfora). -EL
Humus is a winery from the Lisbon area, focused on producing wines from organic vineyards and with minimal intervention. This delicious Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and Tinta Barocca. The style is perfect for every-day drinking, and a multitude of food pairings. Medium bodied, with some earth and nice acidity. -EL
A delightful, pale and lightly-hued rosé of Castelão from the Alentejo region in southern Portugal. Balanced acidity and body, with a subtle red fruit on the nose, and a long, mineral finish. -EL
Lúcia Freitas manages Quinta da Mariposa, located in Carregal do Sal in the Dao región of Portgal. The Dao is home to Portugal’s oldest varieties, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. Mariposa’s Tinto is a blend of both of these varieties and a little bit of Jaen (or, Mencia). It shows notes of wild strawberry, bramble, some brown spice and fresh herbs. JDC
A charming little white from the Lisboa region, clearly showcasing the salinity of the Atlantic, and the local grapes Arinto and Viosinho. -EL
This is a white that is unmistakably influenced by the Atlantic, and the Lisboa region. Mostly Fernao Pires, with some Arinto as well. Both grapes give a salty and mineral character, which is on full display here. A perfect introduction to Pedro's wines, and a uniquely Portuguese white.
This is a blend of Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Syrah. Very tasty, with dark, blackberry and blueberry fruit, and silky tannins.
This is a special wine (not just because it's called "Especial!"), a solera that Pedro started in 2013 and has been adding to since then. A blend of mostly Arinto, Alvarinho, and Fernao Pires, with some skin contact. There's lovely structure in the mid-palate, with bright salinity, and slightly oxidative finish. A very cool wine. -EL