Silk and Spice Red Blend 2016
#15 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2018
Intense red-ruby colored red wine blend characterized by aromas of ripe red fruit combined with hints of vanilla, mocha and spices. A balanced taste, with very soft tannins and a long and persistent finish.
Pair with pork chops, beef stew, beef stroganoff, lasagna, and comparable dishes served with tomato-based or barbeque sauces.
Blend: 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Baga, 20% Syrah and 20% Alicante Bouchet
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Silk & Spice represents the exceptional flavors made possible by Portugal’s diverse terroir, indigenous Portuguese grapes, and the exotic spices and aromas discovered on the ‘Silk and Spice’ routes to the far east in the 1500’s. This is a red blend of deep, rich layers, characterized by aromas of ripe red fruit with hints of vanilla, mocha and spices. Indigenous Portuguese grape varieties - Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, and Baga - are used to make Silk & Spice.
The label illustrates a reinterpretation of an original XV century map from the Age of Discovery. It details the Bay of Bengal, the Portuguese coat of arms and a historic caravel of the time, all symbolizing the bravery of the maritime explorers who journeyed into the unknown and shared with the world spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, and fabrics like silk.
Winemaker, António Braga is the Enological Director at Sogrape Vinhos. At the company since 2007, he originally assumed a winemaking role at Quinta da Leda. There, in the Douro Superior, Antonio oversaw 10 harvests and made an invaluable contribution as the ‘right hand man’ to Luis Sottomayor, amplifying the portfolio and prestige of Sogrape’s Douro wine brands. In recognition of his excellent work, new and greater responsibilities naturally followed and in March 2017, António Braga took responsibility for some of Sogrape Vinhos regions (Vinhos Verdes, Dão, Bairrada and Lisbon), monitoring a new winemaking team.