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2011 Prats & Symington "Chryseia" Douro Portugal

SKU #1156947 97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark An elegant and monolithic red, pure and powerful, with hints of lushness to the concentrated red plum, raspberry and dark currant flavors. This is filled with a black olive and baker's chocolate notes, backed up by grippy tannins. Finishes with refined accents of slate and white pepper. *#3 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014, Highly Recommended* (KM) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Comes almost entirely from Quinta do Roriz. Wonderfully spicy, elegant, defined black fruits and very mineral. (MR) Inner quote mark (6/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A powerful, concentrated wine, it has great density and structure. It shows the quality of the vintage, rich and fruity while preserving the elegance and poise that is typical of Chryseia. The result of a partnership between the Symington family and Bruno Prats from Bordeaux, it has a smooth, ripe, black fruit character underpinned by firm tannins. It needs several years to age, so drink from 2017. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2014)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A firm, racy young wine with licorice, aniseed and berry. Fennel, too. Full body and firm, ultra-fine tannins. Hints of fresh herbs, berries and new oak. Inner quote mark (3/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Chryseia is a 65-35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, all aged for 14 months in new French oak and listed at 14.5% alcohol. This is perhaps not quite as deep as some of the bigger vintages of recent years (2007, 2009), but it also perhaps has more mid-palate elegance than either, plus a fresh feel. After an overly understated and somewhat concerning opening, I was gratified to see this wine evolve brilliantly, filling out in the glass and expanding with aeration, eventually showing more volume and concentration than it seemed initially to have. It showed its finesse and class the next day, seeming still young and unevolved, but caressing in texture, surprisingly solid and quite lovely....I suspect that this 2011 may yet have secrets left to tell as it develops in the cellar. Let’s be a bit conservative at the moment. It may yet be entitled to an uptick. (MS) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

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