Portuguese wines in Wine Enthusiast
8 November 12
A dozen of Portuguese wines listed in "Top 100 Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The red wine Quinta do Vale Meão 2009 is the highest ranked in 12th place with a rating of 95 points. Wine critics acclaim the “wine concentration and dark tannins” and its combination of “great style and great power”. Most of the Portuguese wines featured in the list came from Douro region (and includes 2 Port wines): the above-mentioned Quinta do Vale Meão 2009 Red, Quinta da Romaneira 2008 Red (27th) Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 (36th), Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2009 (48th) 2009 Niepoort Vintage Port (75th) and Prats & Symington LDA Chryseia 2009 (94th). The Alentejo region featured 3 wines in the top: Herdade do Esporão 2008 Touriga Nacional (18th), Cartuxa 2009 Pêra Manca White (67th) and Luís Duarte 2010 Rubrica White (91st). Dão wine region has one wine in the Top: Casa de Santar Conde de Santar 2009(57th). The "Top 100 Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast presents the magazine favorite wines of 2012 that should lay down in the cellar awaiting for the right moment to drink. The U.S. dominates the top, with 36 wines, followed by France with 21 and Italy with 20. Portugal is in the 10th position ahead of countries with great wine tradition as Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and Australia.