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Port wine hails from the Douro valley in central Portugal, a region connected by the Douro River to the (appropriately named) port city of Porto. The production and export of Port wine remains a pillar of the Portuguese economy, and its historical role was so crucial that the region of Douro was demarcated as the world’s first wine region in 1756 after nearly a century of production. The Douro region’s hot, dry summers and nearly vertical slopes are often terraced to hold the roughly 20,000 acres of vineyards.
Domingos Alves de Sousa, a third generation winemaker, insisted upon only using grapes from his own estate to comprise his wines. This admirable legacy lives on to this day through his son, Tiago. Although not widely known here in the U.S., his winery has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence, and was most prominently awarded “Producer of the Year” in both 1999 and 2006 by Revista de Vinhos, Portugal’s premier wine magazine.
Fittingly, Terroir360 proudly offers his 1999 Quinta da Gaivosa Late Bottled Vintage Port. Unfiltered and stored in oak for five years, this Port retained all its geographic originality. You’ll immediately notice its deep, rich color, and the hints of minerality add complexity to the earthy nose you’d expect from its origin. A distinctive berry taste adds just the appropriate amount of sweetness that Port enthusiasts will appreciate and those with a less-trained palate will thoroughly enjoy. While this Port could be aged for up to another five years, that is highly unlikely because it’s the perfect companion to a rich dessert or can be enjoyed alone any time your sweet tooth beckons. Best of all, Ports hold well even after they’re opened, especially if lightly chilled. Cheers!