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Jose Maria Da Fonseca Douro 2003

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Established in 1999, DOMINI represents a joint venture between Domingos Soares Franco of Jose Maria da Fonseca and Cristiano van Zeller, one of Portugal's famed "Douro Boys" (a small group of the Douro's top port and table wine producers). Together, these partners have set out on a mission to showcase the full potential of the Douro's grapes, and the excellence this region's dry red table wines are capable of attaining.

Grapes are grown on a 28-acre vineyard in the Douro Superior region of northern Portugal. The well-drained soil is composed chiefly of schist, and vines average 20 years in age

Grape Varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz

Full-bodied and elegant, with flavors of blackberry, plum and vanilla set against a backdrop of soft tannins

"This joint venture between the inspired winemaker Domingos Soares Franco and Cristiano van Zeller produces fascinatingly idiosyncratic wines. Big and bold, but then lean and tannic, with sunshine-filled fruit over dark tannins. Consumers wanting an action-packed wine, needing time to come together (when it will be superb), should go for this."
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Jose Maria Da Fonseca

Jose Maria Da Fonseca

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Jose Maria Da Fonseca, Portugal
2003 Douro
For more than 150 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been enjoyed by discerning wine drinkers and Periquita continues to be an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by José Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made from Castelão (kah-stay-lao) grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer.

The Villa Nogueira de Azetão (ah-say-tao) is the winemaking estate, home of Periquita, located a short distance from Lisbon, just across the Tagus River on the Setúbal peninsula. Here, the vineyards enjoy the benefits of a sun-drenched maritime climate and a varied soil composition that incorporates elements of sand, clay and lime.

The property remains in the hands of its founder's descendants (the family-owned concern of José Maria da Fonseca, one of the premier names in quality Portuguese winemaking), who remain committed to José Maria da Fonseca's long-standing tradition of quality and integrity.

Portugal

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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

Other Red Blends

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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 create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. 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.

SWS182597_2003 Item# 93519

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