Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2011

Red Blends from Portugal

$54.99
Item No. 131346
  • red wine
  • WS97
  • WE94
  • RP92
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Very dark and intense color. Rich fruity nose of black cherries, dark plum, chocolate, with well-integrated and discreet oak. Very rich structure on the palate with great freshness and minerality. The velvety tannins are long, supple and elegant. Lengthy and lingering creamy finish. A wine with great ageing potential.

Blend: 65% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca

Critical Acclaim

"An elegant and monolithic red, pure and powerful, with hints of lushness to the concentrated red plum, raspberry and dark currant flavors. This is filled with black olive and baker's chocolate notes, backed up by grippy tannins. Finishes with refined accents of slate and white pepper"
97 Points

"A powerful, concentrated wine, it has great density and structure. It shows the quality of the vintage, rich and fruity while preserving the elegance and poise that is typical of Chryseia. The result of a partnership between the Symington family and Bruno Prats from Bordeaux, it has a smooth, ripe, black fruit character underpinned by firm tannins."
94 Points

"The 2011 Chryseia is a 65-35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, all aged for 14 months in new French oak and listed at 14.5% alcohol. This is perhaps not quite as deep as some of the bigger vintages of recent years (2007, 2009), but it also perhaps has more mid-palate elegance than either, plus a fresh feel."
92 Points

Learn About Prats & Symington

Chryseia, which means golden in Greek, is one of the leading red table wines from Portugal's Douro Valley. Crafted by Prats & Symington family, Port producers since 1882, and Bruno Prats, former owner of the famed Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Chryseia began with some experimental lots of wine in 1999. Sine that time, the wine has demonstrated the incredible potential of combining...

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Learn About Portugal

Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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