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Casa Ferreirinha, ‘Papa Figos’ Vinho Tinto 2016

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$24.00 USD
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Region: Douro, Portugal

Varietal: 35% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional

Tasting notes: Of all the birds of the Douro, Papa Figos is one of the rarest. A migrating bird with bright and attractive colors. The unique and rare character of this bird is the perfect inspiration for this magnificent wine from Casa Ferreirinha. Very suave, with rich minerality and luscious flavors of plum tart and cherry compote. It is a full-bodied wine, with well-balanced acidity, very good tannins, plenty of lively red fruit flavour and hints of cocoa. The finish is elegant and harmonious.

Producer: The story of Casa Ferreirinha is inextricably associated with one extraordinary woman: Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira was born in 1811 in the country town of Régua, the gateway to the wines of the Douro Valley.  Though small in stature and reserved by nature, Dona Antónia was a charismatic visionary with entrepreneurial drive. In 1845 at age 33, she took over her family’s business, Ferreira Port, the first Portuguese family owned Port House in the Douro. During her tenure at Ferreira Port, Dona Antónia expanded her estates, created new expanses of terraced vineyards and improved the hard lives of the local farming families. She was affectionally called 'Ferreirinha’ – ‘the little Ferreira’. Dona Antónia’s legacy and quest for excellence continues to be a fundamental pillar of Casa Ferreirinha.

Vineyard and Winemaking: Notorious for its Port Wine, the world’s most famous liqueur, the Douro is also known for its still wines. In north-eastern Portugal, the region encompasses 250,000 hectares of mountainous terrain, where hills and valleys accommodate 44,000 hectares of vineyards in 3 sub-regions crossed by the Douro River. More than 110 grape varieties withstand harsh winters and scorching summers in man-made schist terraces. A Douro Valley pioneer and leader, Casa Ferreirinha has carried the torch for creative, quality winemaking in the Douro becoming the region’s most historic and iconic house. Casa Ferreirinha wines range from easy-drinking Esteva and Planalto through the richer Papa Figos and Vinha Grande to the exceptional Quinta da Leda, Reserva Especial, and Barca-Velha which remains one of Portugal’s most famous, long-lived, elegant and complex wines.