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Portugal’s Best Red Wine

Douro Boys Making Waves

09.06.2005

In the June 15, 2005, issue of Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson writes: Long famous for its fortified Port wines, the Douro region of Portugal is making waves today for its red table wines.”

96 points for Touriga Nacional!

The height of these waves is record-breaking – never before has a Portuguese red wine been rated with 96 points by Wine Spectator. But the Touriga Nacional 2001 from the stunningly-situated Quinta do Crasto truly deserves this high score. In his description of the wine, Wine Spectator´s Kim Marcus writes: “Finely crafted, with loads of dark plum and dark cherry flavors and notes of mineral, graphite and underbrush. The best table wine yet from Portugal!”

Of the 20 top Douro red wines evaluated by Wine Spectator, eight were produced by the “Douro Boys” (Quinta do Vallado, Quinta do Crasto, Niepoort, Quinta do Vale D. Maria, and Quinta do Vale Meão).

Quinta do Crasto             Touriga Nacional 2001           96 points

Niepoort                            Batuta 2001                              94 points

Niepoort                            Charme 2002                           93 points

Quinta do Crasto             Vinha Maria Teresa 2001      93 points

Niepoort                            Redoma Tinto 2001                92 points

Quinta do Crasto             Reserva Old Vines 2001         92 points

Niepoort                            Vertente 2001                          88 points

Quinta do Vallado           Douro 2003                              87 points

With more than 90 points each, six of the wines are placed amongst the top ten.

Douro Inside

For those who would like to become acquainted with the wave-making wines, a new book has been just released. Duoro – The New Generation describes the Douro region, its Quintas and, of course, its winemakers. Heike Breidenich, a young German, realised her dream by taking a six- month sabbatical from her job in order to work and live in the Douro. At Niepoort´s Quinta de Nápoles, Heike found a position and learned to work in the vineyards, the Lagare and the cellar. The new, exciting atmosphere in the Douro, the young wine personalities with their hopes and doubts, the tension during the harvest, the nervousness during the first tastings – all of this was recorded by Breidenich in her personal diary. Now these notes have been published in “Douro – The New Generation”. This easy-to-read diary – available in German, English and Portuguese – is illustrated with pictures by the young Portuguese painter João Miguel Carvalho.