"VALRIZ" PORT 20 YEARS OLD
PRODUCER: COIMBRA DE MATTOS LTDA
DOC DOURO - PORTUGAL
Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Oporto, Porto, and often simply Port) is a sweet Portuguese, fortified wine from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is often served as a dessert wine. Under European Union guidelines, only the product from Portugal may be labelled as Port.
Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the Douro region.
The Douro valley was defined and established as a protected region, or appellation in 1756. Porto produced in Portugal is strictly regulated by the Instituto do Vinho do Porto
Port wine is typically richer, sweeter, heavier, and possesses a higher alcohol content than most other wines. This is caused by the addition of distilled grape spirits (aguardente similar to brandy) to fortify the wine and halt fermentation before all the sugar is converted to alcohol. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in caves
It is commonly served after meals as a dessert wine, often with cheese; commonly stilton. White and Tawny ports are often served as an aperitif.
Although it accounts for only about two percent of production, vintage port is the flagship wine of all Portugal. Vintage port is made entirely from the grapes of a declared vintage year.
Vintage ports are aged in barrels for a maximum of two and a half years before bottling, and generally require another ten to thirty years of aging in the bottle before reaching what is considered a proper drinking age. Since they are aged in barrels for only a short time, they retain their dark ruby colour and fresh fruit flavours. Particularly fine vintage ports can continue to gain complexity and drink wonderfully for many decades after they were bottled, and therefore can be particularly sought-after and expensive wines.
Porto Valriz 20 years old is made by Eng Luis Sampaio.
Grapes: Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca.
Alcohol: 19,6% vol.
Sugar: 4,5º Baume-sweet
Colour: Light roasted red
Delicate aroma with intense bouquet of nuts, almond, walnuts, vanilla and curry.
The flavour is delicate and sweet, with good structure on the palate and a long after-taste.