Quinta do Infantado Tawny Port

Quinta do Infantado Tawny Port

17.00

Quinta do Infantado, based in Pinhão, has been a leader in estate-bottled Ports since 1979. Prior to 1986, the British monopoly on Port required that all exported Ports be sent in bulk to Vila Nova de Gaia, 60 miles west of the Douro Valley, where they were bottled and shipped. In 1986 the laws were changed and Quinta do Infantado, who were already making their own wines, were amongst the first to begin exporting their wines. The estate, run by the brother and sister team of João and Catherine Roseira, is famous for producing ports that are medium-dry in style. The wines are more vinous (still wine-like), more balanced and drier than most ports, and are made exclusively from their own vineyards and are bottled at the estate. Every cuvée they produce is from Class A vineyards, worked in traditional methods: all elaboration is done by hand. The hand-picked grapes are ferment long and slowly in lagares (2-foot high stone tanks) and are still foot “trodden”. Less than 2% of Port is still made by this century old, labor-intensive method. Made of a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Barroca. Excellent body and richness, with notes of roasted hazelnuts, coffee, vanilla, and golden raisins, followed by just a hint of sweetness. This flavor profile is different then you would get from a Ruby style and that comes from aging in small oak or chestnut "toneis" slightly smaller than the barrique. The oxidative process that happens in the cask creates the unique Tawny flavor.

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