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Tag Archives: Douro

2003 Quinta do Carrasqueiro Douro

2003 Quinta do Carrasqueiro Douro – Portugal, Douro (9/26/2006)12.5% alcohol – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta BarrocaDeep marroonish and very dark. On the nose wet slate, earth, leather, and white peppers, with black cherry and anise showing as it opens up. Strong acidity with medium weight tannins. The […]

2003 Ramos-Pinto Douro Duas Quintas

2003 Ramos-Pinto Douro Duas Quintas – Portugal, Douro (7/5/2006)Deep in color wtih a strong violet nose that shows hints of black raspberry, balck cherry, and liquorice. Strong firm tannins with a medium acidity in the mouth with a finish that sadly is a bit hollow. Lots of structure that paired […]

Podcast #2 – Interview with Roy Hersh

“Join in our exploration of Port wine, steeped in century old traditions. Oporto (English for Porto), and its sister city, Vila Nova de Gaia across the river, provide the historical perspective before we head up river to the enchanting Douro River Valley. We offer our discerning guests an unrivaled insider’s […]

Wines of Lisbon

I first experienced Lisbon with my wife four years ago and have remained enchanted with it ever since. The narrow windy streets, towering monuments, beautiful coast and great food all steeped in centuries of history is just incredible. It’s one of those cities that make you want just one more […]

Quinta do Noval White Port

Ryan saw an interesting quote on a forum some time ago that read, “Port has two duties – to be red and drunk.” Fair enough, but we don’t believe that either “dry” nor “white” immediately come to the majority of people’s minds when they think of Port wine, and maybe […]

Spanish and Portuguese Schist!

What is Schist? To answer that question, I found a great article about Schist, written by Bill Nesto, MW. Everything you could possibly want to know about this soil type can be explained in the previous article. However, I want to talk about Schist from the perspective of taste. A […]

Interview with Roy Hersh

It was about 3 years ago that I first started visiting the bulletin board over at erobertparker.com. At that time, I was just starting to fall in love with wine, and I found this forum to be a good place to ask questions that I couldn’t find answers to elsewhere. […]

Graham’s Port Tasting

Back in Feburary, when I arrived in Spain, I made sure to take a quick trip over to Portugal to visit some friends. While I was there, I also managed a quick stop at [Grahams->http://www.grahams-port.com/] Port House for a wine tasting. Check out my notes below: N.V. Graham Porto 20-year […]