1990 Quinta Dos Pesos Carcavelos Vinho Genoroso Portugal

SKU #1445113

Carcavelos is the smallest wine appellation in Portugal. A fortified wine like Port and Madeira, but unlike its siblings, the region is East of Lisbon and has amazing views, and only recently has had its last 25ha become protected from development. The Quinta dos Pesoshe estate was acquired by Manoel de Boullosa in 1963 and its vineyards were painstakingly restored over the course of the next twenty years. In keeping with ancient tradition, a mixture of white (Arinto, Gallego Dourado, Ratinho, Rabo do Ovelha) and red grapes (João Santarem, Espadeiro Tinto) from its 3.5 hectares were co-fermented and aged in cask for many years. Winemaking operations ceased in 2005 as a result of M. Bullosa's untimely passing, and only a few vintages had been commercialized in limited quantities. The remaining wines continued their long slumber until 2018, when they were tasted, selected and blended, with minimal intervention. Having spent so much time oxidizing in oak, these wines are concentrated. Concentrated in flavor, sugar and acidity. The closest comparison would be Madeira, with the savory, nutty, and subdued fruit components. The time in oak frames the wine in a way that is almost reminiscent of well managed oak in whiskey. There is also a unique earthy element which compliments all of the other components. These are very special, very rare wines, with only several barrels produced each year, we will most likely will never experience something like this again.

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 17