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NV Vieira de Sousa Vieira de Sousa Fine Tawny Port Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca Porto Douro
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 Tawny' Port is a wonderful delicious example of the ‘Tawny Style’ in the region, from the Vieira de Sousa estate. The aging is done in large old vats (tonel) to encourage an oxidative environment for this deliciously nutty Port. A very traditional blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa (Franca), Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, is hand-harvested fruit 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 3.3). It is then fortified with Brandy to keep the sugar level and fruit flavor vivid and rich, and finally put into oak vats for aging for many years. The final tawny offers a rich palate that is very balanced and elegant, with nuts and caramel notes, dates and figs, and a long expressive finish.
Fanciful Name: Vieira de Sousa Fine Tawny Port
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca
Annual Production: 4500
Country Of Origin: Portugal
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 6
Closure Type: Cork