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Quinta do Carmo Dom Martinho 2000

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    The color is deep with light brick-red highlights. A very aromatic nose which opens out into notes of black candied cherries. It is ripe, soft, fruity and juicy in the mouth. A balanced wine with reasonable structure and good length. This fully ripe wine is delicious and can be drunk immediately.

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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 is unique in that it 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 in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation, Portugal has developed independent of its fellow European compatriots. A long and narrow 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 in 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 of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of 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 Alentejo.

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

    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 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.

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