Port 1970 Sociedade dos Vinhos do Alto Corgo, Tawny Rich
Tawny Rich, Bottled 1985
Provenance: SAS Cornette de Saint Cyr, 6/15/2017
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The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.
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The Peculiarities of a region
Sociedade dos Vinhos do Alto Corgo, established in 1877, originated from the oldest demarcated winegrowing region in the world, characterized by an uneven, monumental and sumptuous, dominated by deep and rugged valleys. The Alto Douro winegrowing region, classified as World Heritage in the cultural landscape category, with a long tradition of wine production, is made up of the Baixo-Corgo, Cima-Corgo and Douro Superior sub-regions. The vines came from one of the most iconic parts of the Alto Douro wine region, between Pinhão and Peso da Régua, where the climate belongs to the Cima Corgo region, where winters are frigid, springs and autumns short with dry and fierce summers.
The River Corgo both attenuates temperatures and reflects the sun. This effect, combined with the release of heat from the schist soil, helps temper the extreme cold of winter nights. The topography is rugged and tells the natural history of Man against the elements. Here, deep and steep valleys dominate, forming a variety of microclimates which, when understood, can help create some of the most exciting and sophisticated wines from the Douro. From the schist and gravel soil sprouts flora amongst the crags, illustrating the resilience of life. For those living here, there’s a price to pay for the breath-taking beauty of the Douro; however, there are rewards for those who understand and cherish it.