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Churchill Estates Douro 2008

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Winemaker Notes

A deep but lively and youthful colour. On the nose, distinctive ripe fruit and floral characters combining with discreet wood flavours contribute towards a fine and complex aroma.

In the mouth an elegant wine with a rich flavour and well integrated tannins to give a very long and well balanced finish to the palate.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 88
Wine Spectator
Firm, with leafy notes behind the flavors of cherry, red plum and red currant. There's a minerally cut to the juicy finish, as well as some chocolate mint notes. Drink now through 2015. 8,333 cases made.
RP 87
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 TINTO (CHURCHILL’S ESTATES) is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional and 30% each of Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, aged for 12 months in a mixture of new and old oak. Nicely constructed, with an earthy nose and velvety feel to it, this has some power and punch, along with some real intensity and a little depth. I liked the texture best, closely followed by the structure, more than the somewhat sauvage nose. It should hold nicely. If it is your style, there’s a lot here to admire at a reasonable price. Drink now-2018.
WE 87
Wine Enthusiast
A juicy wine, showing ripe fruit and sweet acidity. It feels soft and fresh, the lively fruit much more important than the lean structure.
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Churchill Estates

Churchill Estates

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Churchill Estates, , Portugal
Churchill Estates
With the objective of producing Douro wines with more character and finesse, a decision was made on the definitive sourcing for Churchill table wines from our own estates: Quinta da Gricha, our principal vineyard, has a microclimate and special terroir that produces distinctively elegant wines with excellent natural acidity and purity of fruit.

These now provide the basis for our single estate “Quinta da Gricha,” and our “Churchill Estates” red wines. As of 2003 we have decided to increase the percentage of Touriga Nacional in these wines to give them greater aromatic elegance and identity.

With a distinctly Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool nights, the Lodi AVA in California’s Central Valley provides growers with ideal conditions for grape-growing. As most of the rain falls in winter months while vines are dormant, the risk of disease and pest problems is low and irrigation can make up for the dry conditions during harvest.

By a wide margin, Zinfandel is the most successful and widely planted variety in Lodi. Often made from old vines, these wines are robust and fleshy with ripe, plummy fruit and represent excellent value at the lower end of the price spectrum. Over 100 other varieties are grown here, ranging from the classic (Merlot, Chardonnay) to the obscure and experimental (Portugal’s Touriga Nacional, France's Picqpoul).

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

SWS305533_2008 Item# 110357

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