Quinta do Carmo  2002 Front Label
Quinta do Carmo  2002 Front Label

Quinta do Carmo 2002

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Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red color. Blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose. Well balanced, supple with a long, ample finish.

Blend: 50% Aragonez, 15% Alicante Bouschet, 15%Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Trincadeira

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Muscular, with plenty of dark plum and cassis flavors and notes of mineral and liquid smoke. Vanilla and coffee bean on the finish.
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Quinta do Carmo

Quinta do Carmo

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Quinta do Carmo, Portugal
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Almost 200 km east of Lisbon and less than 40 km from Spain, Quinta do Carmo is situated in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, in the beautiful Portuguese region of Alentejo. This ancient estate had belonged to the Portuguese royal family and greatly benefited from the help of King Don Joao IV, who made substantial improvements more than 200 years ago. For many generations the Bastos family has owned the Quinta and has contributed a great deal to its expansion.

Today, Julio Bastos continues its fine tradition of winemaking and is further developing the quality of its wines. That is why, with the same idea in mind, the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have decided to actively participate in this enterprise by acquiring 50% of this wine-growing property in 1992. If the wines of Quinta do Carmo are already extremely well-known in their country of origin, the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have paved the way for them to reach an international market.

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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 Douro 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.

SOU143106_2002 Item# 93416

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