Prats & Symington Post Scriptum de Chryseia Douro 2011
Red Blends from Portugal
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Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Deep garnet centre with vivid velvet-red rim. Aromas of plums and attractive resinous notes. Lush and mouth-filling with satisfying pure and compact black fruits, displaying undertones of mineral and spice, underscored by fine acidity.
"Publisher's Pick Duoro meets Bordeaux: Chryseia is a joint project between port producer Symington Family and Bruno Prats of Chateau d'Estournel fame. A blend of Touriga National (56%), Touriga Franca (30%), Tinta Barroca (7%) and Tinta Roriz (7%), this expressive red is aged 13 months in French oak for an added sumptuous mouthfeel. The acclaimed 2011 vintage further showcased its accesssible nature, it's relentless aromatics and its food -pairing abilities. A bright-star blueberry sweetness and Silk Road texture lead to a rich depth of violets and baked-pie crust. A snap of cinnamon spice and vanilla finish with longesse."
"The second wine of the Prats and Symington partnership is rich and powerful in its own right. It is packed with blackberry, ripe tannins and a solid, dense structure. Acidity cuts through this dark wine that still needs to age. Drink from 2017."
"The 2011 Post Scriptum de Chryseia, the second wine here, is a blend of 56% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, and 7% each of Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, all aged for 13 months in French oak. This is a beautifully constructed Post Scriptum, elegant and graceful, yet focused, precise and flavorful. It is designed to have all of its parts in place, not to make you go "wow." Aromatic and laced with floral nuances, it has a sappy taste in its youth, with some tannin pop and astringency on the finish that will integrate in time. This should develop well and drink decently early on, but give it a year or two in the cellar to settle down for best results. Bargain hunters will find that Post Scriptum is a particularly good value this year. On Day 1, there wasn’t much to choose from between this and big brother Chryseia, although they separated more significantly on Day 2. If you can’t spring for the pricier big brother, dive in right here."
The Wine Advocate
enjoyed this douro and will buy again
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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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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.
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