ALVES DE SOUSA (Douro, Portugal)

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Portugal is an area of the world making outstanding wine, both excellent table wines as well as high-end world reds, and Alves de Sousa (Domingos and his son, Tiago, pictured above) produces some of the most exciting wines coming from the Douro, with Robert Parker commenting that “their lineup included some of the most enjoyable wines I reviewed.”  We are now offering an expended Alves de Sousa line via Portalis Online Store.  These wines are not readily available in the US and would make very special wine gifts for people interested in exploring the world of wine:     


ALVES DE SOUSA 2002 RESERVA PESSOAL BRANCO $46 – Golden color given by the long oak aging. Flavors of flowers, orange peel, cinnamon and other spices. You could almost expect some sweetness after that, but on the palate it’s surprisingly dry, smooth and with a great structure. Very long finish.


ALVES DE SOUSA 2003 RESERVA PESSOAL $63 (Parker 90pts) – “…softer and more sensual, although tannins pop up on the finish, and become stronger with air. The fruit is juicy, nuanced by plums and blackberries, and extremely tasty. …In addition to its pure charm, it has enough of everything to show better for a while on Day #2.” –Parker


ALVES DE SOUSA 2004 ABANDONADO $81 (Parker 95pts) – “The 2004 “Abandonado” is a limited production new bottling that comes from a single vineyard, 80 years old, that was almost abandoned, hence the name. …It is powerfully constructed, with drying tannins on the finish, but this structure is balanced by ripe, succulent fruit that is utterly delicious…. Although closed and a bit hard to read at the moment, I think it potentially is a significant winner.” –Parker. 275 cases total production. Drink 2010-2020.      


ALVES DE SOUSA 2003 QUINTA DA GAIVOSA VINTAGE PORT $53.50 – Dark, dense with extraordinary balance. Great structure; well-integrated tannins with intense chocolate notes. Spicy, with an intense and very long finish. It’s a port with a long and auspicious life in front.  Interesting note:  Alves de Sousa is the #1 grape supplier to Taylor’s.

 

 

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