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NV Vieira de Sousa Vieira de Sousa Fine Ruby Port Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão Porto
SRP: $22.673333333333 Bottle / $136.04 case of 6
1-55 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 28.58%
56+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 36.67%
FOB Profit Margin: 46.32%
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. 'Fine Ruby' Port is a young and delicious example of the ‘Ruby Style’ in the region, from the Vieira de Sousa estate. Spending no time in wooden vats, the approach for Ruby Ports is meant to focus on the intensity of fruit, rather than the play with oxygen that Tawny styles are known for. A very traditional blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa (Franca), Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, is hand- harvested and brought into the cellar for a foot-treading press in old granite lagares. It ferments in lagares until it reaches the desired Baumé, which is the measure of sugar that gives the potential alcohol point for Port (in this case 3.2). It is then fortified with Brandy to keep the sugar level and fruit flavor vivid and rich, offering delicious aromas and flavors of red fruit and plums, a decadent mouthfeel, and soft tannins. Once open, drink this wine within several days, as it is about the fruit, not the oxygen.
Fanciful Name: Vieira de Sousa Fine Ruby Port
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão
Annual Production: 4500
Country Of Origin: Portugal
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 6
Closure Type: Cork