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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Item no. 93515
Xisto, a singular, new, limited production, ultra-premium red wine from Portugal making its debut with the 2003 vintage, is the fruit of a long-standing friendship between the internationally renowned Bordelais wine producer, Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch-Bages, and Jorge Roquette, owner of the Quinto do Crasto estate in Portugal's Upper Douro Valley, which has been hailed as a leader in current revitalization of Portuguese wine industry.
A blend of three classic grape varieties traditionally identified with Portugal's Upper Douro Valley: Touriga Nacional - 60%; Tinta Roriz - 25%; Touriga Franca - 15%
The joint venture between the Cazes family of Bordeaux and the Roquette family of Quinta do Crasto in the Douro is in its second released vintage. This is made using Bordeaux techniques, resulting in a style that is more structured than many Douro wines, exploiting ripe fruit with solid tannins, leavened by sweetness and sweet red fruits. The wood shows through on the finish.
Concentrated and ripe, with layers of rich fruit flavors of dark plum, dark cherry, blackberry and mocha. Balanced and structured, with an elegant finish of cream, chocolate and spice. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2015.