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Trans Douro Express "Douro Superior" '18

Douro Valley

Trans Douro Express "Douro Superior" '18

The Douro Superior feels a little bit like the end of the earth. It is warm and dry, seemingly isolated, and stunningly beautiful in its own way.  Two years ago, winemaker Mateus Nicolau de Almeida started a very special project with the introduction of the Trans Douro Express wines. He created three wines under the label, each from a different subregion of the Douro. The goal, to show the climatic differences of the three sub-regions.  So therefore, each label has the same blend and method for vinification, the only difference being in location.  Mateus refers to his line as "climate" wines.  

The Almeida's are the family of Portuguese wine; who ran famous port house Ramos Pinto for an extended period of time, who encouraged official recognition of the three major sub-regions of the Douro Valley through their personal research and development.  This lists only a fracture of how important this family has been for the vitality and qualitative shift in Portuguese winemaking.  The family is known for their big personality, full of charisma, hospitality and such a vibrant, big beam of energy and passion.  That is just as much an aspect of terroir; the hand that drives the place is what contributes to what we love about a wine. Trans Douro Express is the winery that acknowledges all of the history, efforts, and love from the Almeida family, through Mateus.  

"Douro Superior" is considered the premier site of the three sub-regions in the Douro (the other two being Baixo Corgo and Cima Corgo).  It is a field blend of local varietals grown in the steep, high elevation sites of the area.  The wine is aged in concrete for several months before bottling to preserve the terroir of the Superior.  It explodes out of the glass with aromas of violets, raspberry pie, and white pepper. The mouthfeel is super silky up front, it then firms up, finishing with bright acidity. It is rare to get as well-balanced of a wine from the Douro Superior as this. 




Producer Mateus Nicolau de Almeida
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml


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