2011 Churchill's "Estates" Douro

SKU #1168869 93 points Wine Spectator

 **Smart Buys** A meaty, rich and brooding red, offering plenty of mocha notes to the dark plum, dried blackberry and baker's chocolate flavors. Presents accents of smoked paprika midpalate, featuring a finish filled with restrained tannins. Drink now through 2020.  (5/ 2014)

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This dry red is grown on Churchill's estate vineyards, and offers a nuanced take on their fine Douro terroir. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz, the selection of vineyard parcels can vary from year-to-year as different climate conditions can favor varietals and vineyards in different ways. Grapes that would be suited to Port in one vintage are more suited to this firm and dry red in another. But the 2011 vintage was great for Ports and dry Douros alike, and the distinction of terroir and overall quality at this price level is very difficult to match anywhere in the world.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
While many of the top, legendary 2011 vintage ports are beginning to disappear, we are continuing to see a deluge of excellent, top quality dry Douro reds. Given the terrific quality of the 2011 Port vintage (literally a once in a generation type of vintage) in this region, there is no reason not to dip your toes into the dry red wines from the same year; you will not be disappointed. Tasting this wine next to the 2010 vintage was very instructive: while the 2010 is a solid wine, 2011 has so much more intensity, volume, and length. It's a textbook Douro red from a great vintage, a wine that is impressive now and should cellar well in the mid term as well. There is no better vintage than 2011 to check out the unique dry red wines from the Douro.

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.