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2008 Vitivinicola Carla Rita Ferreira Contraste Vinho Tinto (Red Wine, Douro, Portugal)

Bottle Price:$24.95
Half Case Price:$146.716 bottles($24.45 per bottle)
Case Price:$290.4212 bottles($24.20 per bottle)
 

Conceito Contraste Tinto 2008

The Douro valley is the "largest mountain vineyard in the world". The Douro River runs through Portugal's Douro Superior sub-region close to the Spanish border, an area which experiences extreme weather conditions and has a wide range of elevations and soils. The climate is continental, cold and wet in the winter and dry and hot in the summer. The terrain is difficult but rewarding for the viticulturist. This rolling forested landscape with granite and slate deposits supports both veteran deep rooted vines, which will offer grapes of great complexity and intensity, and brighter, fresher wines from many new high-yielding younger vines planted in recent years. It's a rugged and enchanting area that is emerging as a producer of table wine of choice as well as intriguing new personal creations.

Conceito wines only started producing under their own label in 2005. The young winemaker Rita Ferreira Marques took over four estate vineyards from her mother in the Teja valley of the Douro Superior wine region. Unhappy with her studies in engineering, she set out to learn winemaking and revive the vines on her old family estate. She has made an impressive debut , introducing over a dozen unusual wines since then, with equally idiosyncratic and attention-grabbing labels and names. Conceito means "concept" in Portuguese; Ms. Ferriera, although a relatively new producer, has already developed and introduced the world to her personal concept of wine in these new offerings. Ms. Ferreira Marques studied enology at the University of Bordeaux and worked harvest at various estates including a stint in New Zealand. She is self-deprecating yet diligent, starting in 1,200 cases of production has built to 10,000 with the 2009 vintage, and continues to study hands-on at far-flung estates. However she knows her home terroir like the palm of her hand, down to documenting tiny differences in temperature between different Quinta locations, and understanding the potential of heirloom varieties which have fallen into disuse.

The 2008 Contraste Tinto is attractively sweet and quite concentrated, containing 13.5% alcohol. It has a savory leather, Damson plum and berry fruit nose It has quite a lot of black berry and black cherry aroma and flavor, and a tight, fragrant palate, but it's more than a sweet, strong wine, since its sweetness if contrasted effectively with grippy tannins and notes of tar and minerality which hint at crushed rock. Rather than being aggressive, this mix ends up being elegant and pleasant and finishes with a note of chocolate/toffee. Tasters have suggested that it will hold up well until 2017 in cellar. Altogether, as its name suggests, it's a study in contrasts, being both fresh and complex. Try it with Caldo Gallego, a bean and sausage soup, with a duck and prune casserole , braised shank of lamb, roast suckling pig, or just have it with hard Spanish or Portuguese cheeses such as Manchego or St. Jorge or even with aged English Cheddar, and cured meats. Or simply relax with a glass on its own for a satisfying aromatic moment of "armchair travel" to rustic Portugal.

Conceito Contraste Tinto 2008

The Douro valley is the "largest mountain vineyard in the world". The Douro River runs through Portugal's northern part, starting in Douro Superior, close to the Spanish border, an area which experiences extreme weather conditions and has a wide range of elevations and soils. The climate is continental, cold and wet in the winter and dry and hot in the summer. The terrain is difficult but rewarding for the viticulturist. This rolling forested landscape with granite and slate deposits supports both veteran deep rooted vines, which will offer grapes of great complexity and intensity, and brighter, fresher wines from many new high-yielding younger vines planted in recent years. It's a rugged and enchanting area that is emerging as a producer of table wine of choice as well as intriguing new personal creations.

Conceito wines only started producing under their own label in 2005. The young winemaker Rita Ferreira Marques manages four estate vineyards that she took over from her mother in the Teja valley of the Douro Superior wine region. Unhappy with her studies in engineering, she set out to learn winemaking and revive the vines on her old family estate. She has made an impressive debut , introducing over a dozen unusual wines since then, with equally idiosyncratic and attention-grabbing labels and names. Conceito means "concept" in Portuguese; Ms. Ferreira Marques, although a relatively new producer, has already developed and introduced the world to her personal concept of wine in these new offerings. Ms. Ferreira Marques studied enology at the University of Bordeaux and worked harvest at various estates including a stint in New Zealand. She is self-deprecating yet diligent, starting in 1,200 cases of production has built to 10,000 with the 2009 vintage, and continues to study hands-on at far-flung estates. However she knows her home terroir like the palm of her hand, down to documenting tiny differences in temperature between different Quinta locations, and understanding the potential of heirloom varieties which have fallen into disuse.

The 2008 Contraste Tinto Rita's estate is attractively sweet and quite concentrated, containing 13.5% alcohol. It has a savory leather, Damson plum and berry fruit nose It has quite a lot of black berry and black cherry aroma and flavor, and a tight, fragrant palate, but it's more than a sweet, strong wine, since its sweetness if contrasted effectively with grippy tannins and notes of tar and minerality which hint at crushed rock. Rather than being aggressive, this mix ends up being elegant and pleasant and finishes with a note of chocolate/toffee. Tasters have suggested that it will hold up well until 2017 in cellar. Altogether, as its name suggests, it's a study in contrasts, being both fresh and complex. Try it with Caldo Gallego, a bean and sausage soup, with a duck and prune casserole , braised shank of lamb, roast suckling pig, or just have it with hard Spanish or Portuguese cheeses such as Manchego or St. Jorge or even with aged English Cheddar, and cured meats. Or simply relax with a glass on its own for a satisfying aromatic moment of "armchair travel" to rustic Portugal.