Daily Wine 10/20/17:
Quinta da Carolina – Tinto – Trás-os-Montes – 1999
- This wine is a Portuguese Red Blend of dominantly old-vine Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz from the Trás-os-Montes region in Portugal. Today, the wine is made and sourced from the Douro Valley the the south of Trás-os-Montes.
- Grapes come from a lower plot of the Quinta called “Amarelinha,” a very old vineyard in the Tavora river bank.
- The wine is fermented with 50% whole-cluster and malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel.
- Maturation takes place in neutral French Oak for 12 months.
- Less than 5,000 bottles were produced.
- The Douro Valley is known as the one of the oldest wine regions in the world and it is broken down into three subregions. These subregions are, from west to east, Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo, and Douro Superior. The Cima Corgo is where this wine is made and is known from producing the best quality still wines from schist soils.
- The Douro DOP and the Porto DOP share the same boundaries within the Duriense of Portugal.
- Schist is a very nutrient-rich rock with good permeability that allows vines to dig very deep and struggle. Schist retains heat at a high capacity and releases it during the night, allowing for daily temperature variations to be reduced in the region.
- All the vineyards at Quinta da Carolina are classified with the letter “A” and are on narrow terraces and steep slopes. The grading is part of a grading system carried out by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP) whom give points to twelve different factors. “A” receives the most points.
- Points are given to the following: vine age, altitude, aspect, vine density, gradient, granite content in the soil, schist content in the soil, varieties planted, overall location, microclimate, vineyard maintenace, and vine productivity.
- Jean-Hugues Gros and Luís Pedro Cândido da Silva make the wines.
- In the late 90’s, a well-known Californian winemaker Jerry Luperd and Jean-Hugues Gros started this project.
- Pair this with pork and game.