Quinta do Infantado Tinto Douro, 2010

Quinta do Infantado Tinto Douro, 2010

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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. Sourced from Gontelho and Cima Corgo in the Douro, this is a field blend of old vine Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. Dark red with lots of stemmy fruit flavors and bramble berry notes. Dark earth, leather, and a hint of granitic, stony flavor.

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