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Date Printed: 8/25/2016
Jose Maria Da Fonseca Douro 2004
Jose Maria Da Fonseca Douro 2004
(search item no. 94172)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/25/2016: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Dark ruby red.

Aroma: Aromas of blackberry and vanilla with coffee notes.

Taste: Medium-bodied and elegant, with flavors of blackberry, plum and vanilla set against abackdrop of soft tannins.

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About Jose Maria Da Fonseca:

For more than 150 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been enjoyed by discerning wine drinkers and Periquita continues to be an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by José Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made from Castelão (kah-stay-lao) grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer.

The Villa Nogueira de Azetão (ah-say-tao) is the winemaking estate, home of Periquita, located a short distance from Lisbon, just across the Tagus River on the Setúbal peninsula. Here, the vineyards enjoy the benefits of a sun-drenched maritime climate and a varied soil composition that incorporates elements of sand, clay and lime.

The property remains in the hands of its founder's descendants (the family-owned concern of José Maria da Fonseca, one of the premier names in quality Portuguese winemaking), who remain committed to José Maria da Fonseca's long-standing tradition of quality and integrity.