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Casa da Passarella Vinhas Velhas 2011

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Winemaker Notes

A superbly ripe wine that is selected from old vines, this is very rich and solidly structured. It has weight and ripe black-fruit notes that are laced with fresh acidity and a jammy plum flavor. It's dark, dense, and full of great depth of flavor.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Vinhas Velhas O Oenologo will be released in the Fall. For a preview in Portugal, it showed great. Youthful and rather powerful, it is beautifully focused and elegant with a certain nod to Burgundy. It has reasonable mid-palate concentration and finishes with a crisp feel to it. Overall, it should be not only pretty nice, but an excellent food wine and reasonably ageworthy. Note: This is the same wine previously listed as the Vinhas Velhas. The addition of O Oenologo was simply a design change, I’m told. Drink now-2025.
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Casa da Passarella, Portugal
Casa de Passarella is based in Dao, one of Portugal’s most promising wine regions. The region is quickly gaining international wine media attention as improvements in production and marketing have helped the region to start shining. The top Dao wines are now some of the most highly rated in Europe, winning consistent praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

RPT23025396_2011 Item# 143273