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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Xisto  2003
Xisto 2003
(search item no. 93515)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Xisto, a singular, new, limited production, ultra-premium red wine from Portugal making its debut with the 2003 vintage, is the fruit of a long-standing friendship between the internationally renowned Bordelais wine producer, Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch-Bages, and Jorge Roquette, owner of the Quinto do Crasto estate in Portugal's Upper Douro Valley, which has been hailed as a leader in current revitalization of Portuguese wine industry.

A blend of three classic grape varieties traditionally identified with Portugal's Upper Douro Valley: Touriga Nacional - 60%; Tinta Roriz - 25%; Touriga Franca - 15%

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About Xisto:

Xisto, a singular, new, limited production, ultra-premium red wine from Portugal, is the fruit of a long-standing friendship between the internationally renowned Bordelais wine producer Jean-Michel Cazes and Jorge Roquette, owner of the highly acclaimed Quinto do Crasto estate in Portugal's Upper Douro Valley. The Roquette family has played a highly instrumental role in the revitalization now underway within Portuguese wine industry.

Pronounced "shees-toe," this new wine is named for the Portuguese word for "schist," a reference to the nature of the soil in the steep, terraced vineyards that rise majestically above the banks of the Douro River.