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Quinta da Falorca 2008

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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Falorca is a blend of Touriga Nacional 60%, Alfrocheiro 15%, Tinta Roriz 15% and Jaen 10%. The grapes are hand picked, stalks are removed and the grapes softly crushed before fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged for 16 months in a combination of stainless steel vats (70%) and used French oak barrels (30%). It is a blend of many clones of Touriga Nacional vines of at least 40 years of age. It is crisp, earthy and shows considerable finesse and complexity. It opens full-bodied, but shows notable elegance in the mid-palate. Above al it is vibrant, with good acidity delivering maturing fruit flavour to the palate.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Tinto Quinta da Falorca is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 15% each Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz, and 10% Jaen, aged in a 70-30 mixture of stainless steel and used French oak for 16 months. Fragrant, concentrated for its style and rather powerful, this seems pure and unadorned, preening in its power and quite impressive for the regular Tinto. It is certainly a “best buy” point in this lineup. Quite delicious, too, it is beautifully structured as well as hard to resist. The late release makes this approachable now – I can only imagine what would happen if it had reached me in early 2011 – but it could still use another year or so in the cellar for better results
D 91
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Made from Touriga Nacional with some Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Rufete, about 30% of this full-bodied number is aged for 16 months in used French oak, giving a tight structure but not compromising on the vibrant red fruit and refreshing acidity. It’s delicious now at six years, but has a good decade of life ahead. Impressive quality.
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Quinta da Falorca

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Quinta da Falorca, Portugal
Quinta da Falorca was formed by the Costa Barros de Figueiredo family, and continues to produce wine after more than five generations. Located in the Dão, Silgueiros is in the heart of the River Dão, 10 miles south from Viseu. The quinta has a productive area of 13 hectares of vineyards, that lie over the hill slope of the river, facing south with total exposure to the sun. Given its exceptional conditions, Quinta da Falorca also has another 10 ha, providing an agricultural and forest area with olive, hazel-nut and pine trees. At the moment the average yearly production is 50,000 bottles of wine.

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.

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