REAL COMPANHIA VELHA, QUINTA DAS CARVALHAS, VINHAS VELHAS
DOURO, PORTUGAL 2015
Today's astonishing deal comes from one of the most emblematic and spectacular properties in the Douro Valley, Quinta das Carvalhas, the crown jewel of Real Companhia Velha. This seriously complex and powerful red perfectly embodies the impossibly steep, hand-farmed centennial vines and 2,000 years of winemaking history in Portugal - at an unbelievable price for a wine of this quality. Scoring 94 points for their 2015 Vinhas Velhas (Old Vines) - the wine is solid, dark, and beautifully age-worthy. Black fruits, layered with rich tannins, wild herbs, spice and earth all contribute to this firm, complex and serious wine that exudes power and finesse - and this flagship red is finally receiving the accolades it deserves. As Real Companhia Velha just celebrated its 250th anniversary of uninterrupted activity in the Porto wine trade in 2006, the company is intricately tied to the history of Port Wine and the story of Portugal itself.
Driving into the heart of the Douro Valley, the landscape is striking - a single, one-car-wide road dramatically winds its way through the steep mountain vineyards which flank the Douro River on either side. With every twist and turn, it can take up to 30 minutes to drive one mile, but when you finally reach the center of the Douro, Quinta das Carvalhas is a site to be seen. Covering the entire hillside facing the Douro River, Quinta das Carvalhas occupies a prominent position on the left bank facing the town of Pinhao.
Extreme field blends of rare and indigenous varieties are their forte. From the oldest parcel of 100-year-old vines on the property, there is no dominant grape, resulting in a rich diversity with each vine offering a particular character to the long-lived wine. As the traditional reds of the Douro, the old vineyards were planted to 40 or more varieties to safe guard the wines in the extreme and unforgiving climate of the Douro Valley. From west to east, the climate becomes progressively drier as mountains track 62 miles along the Douro River, encompassing almost 1000 sq miles of land. Magisterial in scale, this is home to the world's largest mountainside vineyards with multi-faceted slopes that protect the Douro Valley from humidity and rain. Here, temperatures can soar to 105 degrees, and drought severely reduces the already low yields thanks to the lean and mean rocky, schist and granite soils.
As an expert in his field, their viticulturist Alvaro is one of the most passionate people I have ever met. His dedication to the vineyards is apparent, and is a constant reminder that wine is not about grapes, it's about the land. Having grown up in the Douro Valley, he knows it intimately. As a region that has produced wine for more than 2,000 years, his respect for time honored farming methods is a key element to their wines. Even the production follows tradition - the grapes are de-stemmed then crushed by foot, fermented in traditional cement lagares, and aged in oak. The extreme quality of the wines comes from the extreme conditions, and is deeply rooted in its connection to the land and tradition. Serious, rich and powerful, the 2015 Vinhas Velhas will age up to 80 years, but with decanting, this wine unfurls its layers and drinks beautifully now. For one week, we're offering this incredible, flagship wine of Quinta das Carvalhas for up to 25% off!
*This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in April/May 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This is a ONE WEEK SALE that will expire on Thursday, January 18, 2018.