Château Loupiac-Gaudiet dates from the 15th century and has been the property of the Ducau family since 1920. It is situated in the village of Loupiac high above the Garonne river and directly across from the appellations of Barsac and Sauternes. The vineyard is planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc and harvesting is done in stages to allow botrytis to fully affect the grapes.
An anomaly in a region where most producers source their grapes, Casa de Santa Eufemia, a grower port estate, was founded in 1894 by Bemardo Rodrigues de Carvalho. Within the 75 acres of field blends (of 20+ varietals) that are designated to the production of port wines, they cultivate varietals that are nearing extinction in Portugal, including Bastardo, Mourisco Tinto, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Carvalha. This Tawny is ready to be enjoyed today, and is a perfect way to end a meal--even better with a bit of blue cheese.
Layers upon layers of deliciousness, this amazingly balanced, complex desert wine would accompany lighter deserts like fruits tarts and unadorned cheesecake, but it would be a shame to distract from it's unfolding beauty. We only got a few bottles, and it is unlikely you will ever come across a TBA dessert wine with 10 years of age for anywhere near this price. If you like sweet wines at all, don't wait on this one.
Intense golden red color with brilliant copper reflections. On the nose it offers bouquets of apricot and dried fruits, with hints of chestnut honey and vanilla. It has a full, rich taste, with good body and the flavors of apricot jam.
Quinta das Honor is a small family owned estate the Douro Valley. Their wines are made in the traditional style, and they farm without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc--a real rarity in Port country. Things are just done as they have been for generations, resulting in a well-balanced port that combines delicate wood notes with rich aromas of mature fruit. Like all Tawny's, this wine is bottled for immediate drinking, so do your part!
A lovely whiff of pine forest greets you on the nose, followed by rich peach and apricot flavors underscored by candied ginger. Thick and luscious, yet somehow held in delicate balance by the underpinning of acidity, this would be our nectar if we were gods!
Winemaking Details: 160 grams residual sugar
An anomaly in a region where most producers source their grapes, Casa de Santa Eufemia, a grower port estate, was founded in 1894 by Bemardo Rodrigues de Carvalho.