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Quinta do Carmo Dom Martinho Tinto 2013

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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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    Responsible for a majority of Portugal’s fine wine production—and over half of the world’s cork production—Alentejo represents a major force in Portugal’s wine industry. This southern Portugese region is characterized by stretches of rolling plains and vineyards dotted with majestic cork oaks. Access to land enables the farmers of Alentejo to produce wines in great economies of scale, without compromising quality, compared to those regions to the north. The region of Alentejo indeed covers a third of the country.

    Its classified (DOP) wines must come from one of eight subregions, where elevations are a bit higher, air cooler and less fertile soils are perfect for vines. The optimal regions are Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Granja-Amareleja, Vidigueira, Evora and Moura. Alentejo is not without the conveniences of modern winemaking as well. Irrigation supplements low rainfall and temperature control in the winery assures high quality wines.

    The potential of the area has attracted many producers and its wine production continues to grow. Alentejo’s charming, fruit-forward wines have naturally led to local and global popularity.

    White wines tend to be blends of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Arinto. However, in growing proportions, the white grapes Verdelho, Alvarinho and Viognier have been enjoying success. But red varieties actually exceed whites in Alentejo. Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Castelão grapes blend well together and are responsible for most of the Alentejo reds.

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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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