QUINTA DAS CARVALHAS TINTO DOURO

 

DOURO VALLEY, VALLEY 2015

 

 

When it comes to wine and adventure, there may not be a better place to start than the Douro Valley in Portugal. A drive into the heart of the Valley is an unforgettable experience in itself—it can easily take 30 minutes to travel a single mile as you twist and turn along the narrow mountainside roads. The Douro Valley boasts some of the steepest vineyard slopes in the world, full of indigenous grapes grown on century-old vines. While Port, the fortified dessert wine, is celebrated worldwide, Portugal’s dry reds have been getting more and more attention: these wines exemplify power and finesse, all while providing new and complex flavors for engaged explorers. As one of the “global leaders when it comes to value,” it’s easier than ever to bring the Portuguese wine experience to your table at home (Wine Spectator). Today’s offer is one of these amazing values, a sub-$15(!), 92-point sleeper from arguably one of the Valley’s most prestigious estates, Quinta das Carvalhas. 

The center of the Douro Valley is home to this striking property, the flagship estate of one of Portugal’s oldest wine companies, Real Companhia Velha. Located on an entire hillside facing the Douro River, Quinta das Carvalhas traces its vineyards back to 1759. The estate vineyards span 600 hectares and some vines are more than 100 years old. Ten varieties are currently planted, with most of the land devoted to Touriga Nacional. Vines are located at various altitudes and as you move up in elevation, slopes become so steep that vineyard terraces are mandated, creating an amphitheater of jaw-droppingly beautiful vineyard slopes. 

As daytime temperatures can soar to over 105 degrees, drought can severely reduce the already-low yields. In 2015, dry conditions in early spring were balanced with just enough rainfall, which produced the standard low yields but also gorgeous wines rich with flavor. Today’s wine is an extreme value, with big and bold flavors from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz. The wine is full of dark fruit and chocolate with a structured texture and ripe tannins, and for one week the 2015 gets under $12 a bottle when purchased by the case. Multiple case purchases are highly encouraged, as this wine is an adventure worth repeating over and over again.

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in 8-12 weeks. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, LA, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, February 13, 2020.