Herdade do Rocim Clay Aged 2016

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Herdade do Rocim
Fanciful Name: Clay Aged
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Alentejo
Retail Price: $26

Tasting Notes: From one of Portugal's leading producers of wines produced in amphorae, comes a wine aged in the large clay pots. A combination of indigenous Portuguese and international varieties makes for a successful formula, providing great intense color, and a lovely nose of rich, dark fruit. On the palate, the wine is supple, but with great richness, and the finish is long and elegant. A unique style of production, making for a wonderful wine to introduce to your customers.

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Quinta De La Rosa Red

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Quinta De La Rosa
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Douro
Retail Price: $20

Tasting Notes: Deeply colored, with a berry, brambly nose, this outstanding example of a Douro Valley red has plenty of structure. It's a versatile red, matching a number of dishes: meat from the grill, aged cheeses and more.

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Chocapalha, Arinto 2016

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Chocapalha
Varietal: Arinto
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Portugal
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: Arinto (Pronounce it like a Star Wars droid, RN2) is a great alternative for your sauvignon blanc/pinot grigio customers. Bright, clean, with great focus, it's refreshing, and very food friendly. This version is one of the best, and a wonderful value. Citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit, with a long finish.

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Vadio Brut

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Vadio
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: Portugal
Retail Price: $24

Tasting Notes: A very unique wine as far as sparkling wines go. The different vintages of the base wines are aged in a solera type of system, which means that the oldest wines contribute some of their characteristics to the younger portions of the blend. Elegant, with bright fruit notes, it's a great summer sparkler, and a perfect aperitif.

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Vertice Cuvee 2010

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Vertice
Varietal: Sparkling
Vintage: 2010
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Douro
Retail Price: $19

Tasting Notes: Who would have thought it? From the Douro Valley, where port reigns supreme, an elegant, supple sparkling wine. Produced from a blend of native varieties, the wine is aged for 18 months, providing texture and complexity. For a stunning change of pace from what your customers may expect, this is an educational and outstandingly delicious wine.

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Vinha da Defesa Rosé 2014

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Vinha da Defesa
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Alentejo
Retail Price: $15

Tasting Notes: This blend of Syrah and Aragonês (Tempranillo) is a brilliant deep pink in the glass. The nose of red berries is echoed by the palate. The finish is lingering and balanced. A great wine, of class and refinement.

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Muxagat Rosé 2013

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Muxagat
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Douro
Retail Price: $18

Tasting Notes: This bright pink rosé of Touriga Nacional is a fine example of high-quality Douro Valley winemaking. Bright pink in the glass, the nose is dominated by fresh red berries. With some aging in older French barrels, the wine has more weight and texture than most rosés. The finish is long and dry, making the wine a great food-friendly choice.

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Casa Ferreirinha Rosé 2014

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Casa Ferreirinha
Fanciful Name: Vinha Grande
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Douro
Retail Price: $15

Tasting Notes: A wonderful example of a Portuguese rosé. Produced in the Douro Valley using one of the promary Port production varieties, Touriga Nacional, the wine is a briliant pale pink in the glass. The nose is dominated by attractive red fruit and berry notes. The palate is bright and fresh, with a long and well-balanced finish. Great with a wide range of foods.

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Broadbent Rosé

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Broadbent
Varietal: Rosé
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Vinho Verde
Retail Price: $12

Tasting Notes: This Rosé from Portugal’s largest wine region is truly a crowd pleaser, perfect for a summer party or a weeknight gathering. This low-alcohol wine has a light effervescence with a ripe raspberry emphasis and will satisfy both the wine novice and the connoisseur.

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