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2011 Vieira de Sousa Vieira de Sousa Vintage 2011 Port Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão Porto
SRP: $72.17 Bottle / $433.02 case of 6
1-55 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 29.34%
56+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 31.88%
FOB Profit Margin: 40.27%
Vieira de Sousa is a newly founded official Port house that dates back to the 18th century; as they have always farmed exceptional fruit from the Douro River region, but historically have sold the majority of their juice to the large estates as their primary business. As they have made small bits of port for the family for over a century, the house has now moved to making only their own Port as Luisa Vieira de Sousa Borges (the current generation of the family) completed a degree in oenology in 2008, and was ready to take her family’s business to a new level. She is 30 years old, ambitious, and tackling a world of old traditional wine made by old men and doing incredible things with her family’s property. All of these incredible wines are made only from estate fruit, coming from four different quintas (vineyards) at varying elevations, dispositions, and influences. In 2009 they bottled their first vintage port from their top Quinta do Roncão Pequeno site, the rest will now be history. They foot crush the fruit in old stone lagares, let only the natural yeasts begin the fermentation in stainless steel, allow natural settling for clarification, and they use incredibly delicate brandy for fortification. The result in their aged wines is exceptional, classic, and will be recognized as some of the greatest Port available on the market. 2011 Vintage Port is a powerful and classic example of what was arguably one of the greatest Port vintages in several decades. With plenty of rain through the winter and spring to help the grapes sustain the warm summer and a very hot August, maturation was perfect for the grapes to stand alone in a vintage bottling. A hand-harvested field blend is brought in to the cellar for an old-fashioned foot crushing into large concrete lagares to begin natural fermentation. When halted by fortification with grape brandy, the wine is then aged for three years in stainless steel before being bottled. Like vintage Port always promises, this wine is robust and concentrated, while having compact precision and amazing elegance on the palate. Inky in color with brambly black fruits and spice in the nose and mouth, this Port will be incredibly long-lived, and is an over-sized chair and fireplace’s best friend.
Fanciful Name: Vieira de Sousa Vintage 2011 Port
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão
Annual Production: 4500
Country Of Origin: Portugal
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 6
Closure Type: Cork