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90+ Point Wine from Portugal

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  1. $191.40

    Fiuza

    Portugal (Portugal), Tejo (Portugal)

    12 x 750 ml

    Breads, Ham, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Vegetables


    "This is a serious, structured wine with its firm tannins still in place. The rich, black plum fruits and layers of acidity still need a little time to develop and lessen the dryness of this wine. The aftertaste reveals a more juicy side."
    90 points / Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2019
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  2. $299.40

    Quinta dos Roques

    Dão (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)

    12 x 750ml

    Hard Cheese, Red Meat


    "The 2016 Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional (50%), Jaen (20%), Alfrocheiro (15%), Tinta Roriz (10%) and Tinto Cão for the rest, all aged for ten months in used French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. The 2016 vintage was what Luis called a real Dão year, less full-bodied than the 2015s and with more acidity. Well, acidity is sure not too low here. This has gorgeous aromatics and intensely flavorful fruit, but what makes this pop on the palate is the acidity that lifts and frames the fruit. It's not a big or fleshy wine, but the structure is excellent and the flavors are irresistible. The silky texture is sensual. The tannins are relatively ripe, so you can drink this now, but it is just a little tight. I'm not entirely sure this has enough flesh to develop much—concentration is not the strong point here—but the acidity will surely preserve it. This will still be fine in a decade. This is another very fine value from Roques this issue, in a very graceful style. There were 50,000 bottles produced."

    90 points - Mark Squires, The Wine advocate, August 2019

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  3. $149.94

    Casa d'Arrochella

    Douro (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)

    6 x 750 ml

    Cured Meat, Red Meat, Veal roasted


    "This sumptuously rich wine has the ripest black fruits along with solid tannins. The juicy acidity is what gives the wine its balance and that will develop as the powerful wine matures further."

    92 points / Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast, May 2020

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  4. $383.40

    Quinta dos Roques

    Dão (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)

    12 x 750ml

    Cured Meat, Hard Cheese


    "Luis Lourenço runs this family winery, a leader in the Dão region, which is credited with reviving the reputation of the indigenous Encruzado grape. Part barrel-fermented and aged for seven months on its lees with some batonnage, this is a textured, full-bodied, nutty white with creamy richness along with notes of grapefruit pith, meadow flowers and orchard fruit, plus some sweet oak spicing. It has good ageing potential thanks to its fine structure and fresh acidity.."

    92 points - Tina Gelli MW, Decanter, February 2019

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  5. $377.70

    Anselmo Mendes

    Portugal (Portugal)

    6 x 750ml

    Salad, Scallop


    "The 2016 Curtimenta is all Alvarinho aged for nine months in used French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Sourced from 20+-year-old vines, this is made with fermentation on skins, resulting in more color and more tannins. The oak seems almost irrelevant here, as the structure of the wine and its concentration overwhelm and counter the wood. That's not to say there is no oak impact, but it is impeccably balanced. Then, as the winery suggests, it finishes with a bit of tannic pop. There is remarkable grip on the finish, good acidity and that tannic pop. The next day (when it seemed 50% better than on the first day tasted), this was tight, focused and intense, perhaps the best Curtimenta yet. It's very fresh, the fruit lifted and focused, despite the wood, and it is the acidity that seals the deal for this wine. It simply slices and dices the wood into splinters after it's open for a day. In 2015, its high-end sibling Parcela Única was the bigger star, if only by a bit. This year, it's pretty even, but the styles are radically different. This has greater purity and intensity, while its sibling has a lusher, richer feel. Curtimenta handles the wood far better (it usually does when young, and it receives less aggressive wood treatment), at least now. Whenever I thought the wood was becoming assertive, the acidity and fruit came right back up. The Parcela Única may be even deeper and more like a white Burgundy than a Vinho Verde. Choices, choices. Buy both! In time, the balance of both may change for the better as they pull in the wood even more. That's not as important with the Curtimenta, given less wood impact, but even the Curtimenta could benefit from a year in the cellar. Needless to say, they should age rather well (although Parcela Única edged into the lead on the third day after opening, making me doubt again which was better). It's a very different vision of Vinho Verde, showing what the region can do when its top producers perform at the top of their game."

    94 points - Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, June 2018

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