Chasing Harvest Old Vines Field Blend
Portugal produces just as much dry table wine as they do sweet port, though the latter being the more famous by a wide margin.
All proper "Port" comes from the Douro Valley, which is largely grown on steep terraced sites enjoying hot dry and stable climate suitable for a range of hearty red grape varieties. This wine is made by travelling American winemakers Mike and Jenn Kush from Chicago, the fruit coming from a small but high quality vineyard in the upper Douro. Made in a traditional field blend of many different grape varieties, the most dominant being Touriga Nacional (the king grape of Port wines), followed by Tinta Roriz (aka- Tempranillo), and Touriga Franca (the most widely grown red grape in the Douro) and potentially 20+ other grape varieties.
Field blends are all picked together, co-fermented to make a seamless blend - rather than vinifying separate grape varieties individually & blending later. Matured for 23 months in good quality oak, the wine comes across as a crossover between a high quality Rioja and a French Bordeaux. Delicious!
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