NV SOUZAO PORTWine Match Special Selection

100% Souzao
Paraiso Vineyards

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $40.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:599
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 1, 2010
date profiled:Mar 10, 2011
region:Central Coast
AVA:Santa Lucia Highlands
vineyards:Paraiso Vineyards
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:23.0°
alcohol:18.3%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:50% French |50% Americ ... 50% French |50% American  
oak barrels:10% New  
oak aging: 24 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
souzao 100%
 
ships to: AK CA CO FL GA HI IA KS MI MN MO NV NH NM NY NC OH OR TX VA WA WI
 
Winemaker David Fleming Notes
Souzao, a varietal traditionally grown in the Douro Valley of Portugal, is famous for its intense color and vibrant fruit character. For this very limited release, Rich and Jason Smith harvested grapes from the Paraiso estate’s three acres of Souzao plantings. This rare bottling artfully combines wines from four different vintages. After extensive skin contact and extraction, the wine had fermentation arrested by fortication with brandy; the resulting 18% alcohol perfectly balances the 8% residual sweetness. We transferred the port to a proprietary combination of French and American oak barrels for almost two years aging prior to bottling. This Souzao Port exhibits black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. A rich, deep, chocol ...more... ately character is wrapped around a supple core of warm vanillin-oak. Intense and luscious – this is a dessert wine for pairing with dark chocolates and/or traditional blue-veined cheeses. Usually available only to visitors to our Paraiso Tasting Room, it should age beautifully for years to come.
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