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2017 Annual Portuguese Trade Tasting – Toronto

Portuguese Trade Tasting
Portuguese Trade Tasting

Portugal has a long history and tradition of wine production.

Since 2000 B C, successive generations have planted and cared for vineyards, nurturing more than 250 indigenous grape varieties.

Even today, international grape varieties are rare to find. Portugal has 28 well-defined appellations, of which the best known are Douro Valley (port wines), Vinho verde, Bairrada, Dao, Peninsula of Setubal, Alentejo, and Madeira.

For white wines, alvarinho (albarino in Spain), arinto, encruzado, fernao pires, and muscato and blends thereof are popular. Preferred red grapes are – baga, castelao, trincadeira, aragonez( aka tinta roriz, or tempranillo), touriga franca and touriga nacional.

Syrah, alicante bouchet, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc are now being planted, albeit in small quantities, and mostly used for blending.

Portugal is a relatively small country, yet a little less than 220 000 hectares of vineyards yield of 6.2 million hectolitres of wines. Port and Madeira were popularized by English merchants, and sold all over the world. Now, table wines are gaining popularity, especially low alcohol, aromatic easy-drinking wines from Dao and Vinho Verde.

Fortified Port wines from the Douro Valley once dominated but constantly increasing demand for table wines have forced many estates to speed up their table wine plantings.

In 2017, 28 wineries poured more than 100 of their wines to an eager trade and media members in Toronto.
I tasted 78 and recommend the following

White wines

Opta Bao, 2016, Agricola Boas Quintas, Dao
88+/100
camilo.leite@boasquintas.com

White, 2016, Quinta da Giesta, Dao
89/100

White, 2016, Paite di Ouro, Dao
89/100

Malvasia Fina, 2016, Quinta do Maias
89/100
infor@quintaroques.pt

Encruzado, 2015, Quinta do Roques
91/100

Branco, 2015, Quinta do Penedo, Dao
88+/100

Red wines

Grande Reserva, 2013, Quinta do Foz, Douro Valley
88+/100
quintadocovau.pt

Reserva, 2013, Quinta dos Roques
89/100

Cortes de Cima Reserva , 2012,
88+/100
Terroir Wine Imports,Toronto

Premium Red, Monte da Ravasqueira, Alentejo
88+/100
Fmsilva@ravasqueria.com

Douro Seleccion, 2014, Massias
88+/100

Quinta do Valdoeiro, 2012, Messias, Bairrada
88+/100

Periquita Reserva 2014, Jose Maria da Fonseca
88+/100

Reserva Tinto, 2013, Herdade de Mingora, Alentejo
88+/100

Touriga Nacional, 2011, Mingora, Alentejo

Reserva, 2011, Quinta dos Murchas, Douro
88+/100
pedro.Vieira@esporao.com

DFA Signature, 2014, Douro Family Estates
89+/100
jcarvakho@dourofamilyetsates.pt

Douro, 2015, Prazo de Roriz, Symington Group, Douro
88+./100

Escolha do Enologos, Herdade Sao Miguel, Alentejo
88+/100

Port wines

Vintage 2011

Senhora do Convento
89/100

20-Year Old Tawny, Quinta da Devesa
89/100

30-Year-Old White Tawny, Quinta da Devesa
89+/100

LBV, 2011, Graham
89+/100

20-Year-Old Tawny, Graham
89+/100

40 Year-Old-Tawny Sandeman
89/100

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