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2017 Douro Tinto, Legado

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Douro Region: The Douro Valley is a renowned wine region in northern Portugal, known for its steep terraced vineyards along the Douro River. The region is famous for producing both fortified wines (Port wines) and unfortified red and white wines. Douro Tinto: "Douro Tinto" translates to "Red Douro" and is a designation for red wines from the Douro region. These wines are often blends of indigenous grape varieties, producing wines with rich flavors and structure. Legado: "Legado" typically translates to "legacy" in Portuguese, suggesting a wine that reflects the heritage and traditions of the region or winery. The term might also imply a wine that represents the winemaker's expertise and dedication to quality. 2017 Vintage: The 2017 vintage in the Douro region, like many wine regions, had variations based on weather conditions. In general, 2017 was considered a good vintage, producing wines with ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity. Indigenous Grape Varieties: Douro red wines, including Douro Tinto, often feature indigenous grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), and others. These varieties contribute to the unique character of Douro red wines. Terraced Vineyards: The terraced vineyards in the Douro Valley are a distinctive feature, showcasing the region's commitment to viticulture in challenging terrain. The terraces help maximize sun exposure and aid in grape ripening. Fortified vs. Unfortified Wines: While the Douro region is renowned for its fortified Port wines, there is a growing reputation for high-quality unfortified red wines. Unfortified Douro reds are often appreciated for their depth, complexity, and ability to express the terroir. Winemaking Techniques: Douro Tinto wines are typically made using modern winemaking techniques combined with traditional practices, such as foot-treading grapes in lagares (shallow stone tanks). Oak aging may be employed to add complexity and structure to the wines. Versatility: Douro Tinto wines, including those labeled as Legado, are versatile and can pair well with a variety of foods, including grilled meats, stews, and regional Portuguese dishes. Recognition and Awards: Some producers in the Douro region, known for their commitment to quality, have received recognition and awards for their red wines, contributing to the region's growing reputation.
2017 Douro Tinto, Legado
2017 Douro Tinto, Legado
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