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Xisto 2003

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Xisto, a singular, new, limited production, ultra-premium red wine from Portugal making its debut with the 2003 vintage, is the fruit of a long-standing friendship between the internationally renowned Bordelais wine producer, Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch-Bages, and Jorge Roquette, owner of the Quinto do Crasto estate in Portugal's Upper Douro Valley, which has been hailed as a leader in current revitalization of Portuguese wine industry.

A blend of three classic grape varieties traditionally identified with Portugal's Upper Douro Valley: Touriga Nacional - 60%; Tinta Roriz - 25%; Touriga Franca - 15%

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

The joint venture between the Cazes family of Bordeaux and the Roquette family of Quinta do Crasto in the Douro is in its second released vintage. This is made using Bordeaux techniques, resulting in a style that is more structured than many Douro wines, exploiting ripe fruit with solid tannins, leavened by sweetness and sweet red fruits. The wood shows through on the finish.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

Concentrated and ripe, with layers of rich fruit flavors of dark plum, dark cherry, blackberry and mocha. Balanced and structured, with an elegant finish of cream, chocolate and spice. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2015.

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Xisto
Xisto, , Portugal
Xisto
Xisto, a singular, new, limited production, ultra-premium red wine from Portugal, is the fruit of a long-standing friendship between the internationally renowned Bordelais wine producer Jean-Michel Cazes and Jorge Roquette, owner of the highly acclaimed Quinto do Crasto estate in Portugal's Upper Douro Valley. The Roquette family has played a highly instrumental role in the revitalization now underway within Portuguese wine industry.

Pronounced "shees-toe," this new wine is named for the Portuguese word for "schist," a reference to the nature of the soil in the steep, terraced vineyards that rise majestically above the banks of the Douro River.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

SWS138973_2003 Item# 93515

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