I was lucky to have arrived at Zambujeiro on a rainy day back in January. You see coming down the main road to this winery the turn off to the small village where it is located is not marked, nor paved, nor really a road. More like a vein that that cuts through the rural landscape with a demeanor more fitting a mouse than a highway. In fact I drove right past it and into a town that happened to not be located near the winery, thus prompting me to go back and see what this strip of pothole laden earth might lead me to. Thank god for rental cars as I was already late for my appointment and thus sacrificed my suspension to make it through the battlefield of potholes that led me to my meeting.
2004 Quinta do Feital Vinho Regional Minho Auratus – Portugal, Minho, Vinho Regional Minho (9/8/2006)Alvarinho/Trajadura blendDeep daisey yellow in color. The nose took a bit to open up but when it did it showed white flowers, some rich citrus and a lot of cantelope! Completely dry in the mouth the […]
2004 Quinta do Zambujeiro Monte do Castanheiro – Portugal, Alentejo (2/22/2006)Light bright red color. The nose has spice, blackfruit, and pepper, Medium acidity with light to medium tannins. The palate is rich and fruit driven with pepper, raisin, plum and a nice minerality. Good table wine bargain.
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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 […]
Literally “the red dog” this port wine variety is a thick skinned grape with small clusters of medium sized berries. Tend to produce lower alcohol wines that when blend lend floral characteristics to Port wines. Till recently it has been the least planted Port wine variety, and now is enjoying a small revival in new plantings. Most likely you will never taste this variety as a mono-varietal wine, but rather blended with Duoro reds and Port wines.
“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 […]
For me, there is something heavenly, almost sinful, about tasting a glass of port. The urge for a deep ruby or vintage port gets especially intense whenever the temperature drops, a warm fire is roaring before me and a pungent sharp aroma of a Cabrales blue cheese beckons me towards […]
Have you ever gotten directions from a friend like this, “Yeah! Two lefts, a right and then call me from your cell phone and I’ll tell you the way from there.”? So, being a good friend, you trusted their directions and followed every “right’, “left’ and “straight’ only to find your cell phone out of minutes and your pockets completely empty of change when you needed to call him.
2003 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo Reserva Casa dos Zagalos – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Light reddish purple. The nose is a barnyardy mineral aroma with hay, earth, and cherry fruit. Firm medium weight tannins with a medium overall acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, minerals, charcoal, and light vanilla.