Portia Crianza Ribera del Duero
Medium garnet color. Blackcurrant and blackberry aromas accented by notes of vanilla and toasted oak. A structured, well-balanced wine with flavors of blackberry, toast, and dark fruit with a long finish of vanilla. An ideal match for egg based dishes, grilled mushrooms, creamy risottos, grilled tuna, steak, lamb chops, and semi-hard cheeses.
$56.00 / Bottle $672.00 / Case
Portia is the signature release from the Portia winemaking estate in Spains exciting Ribera del Duero region. It is the outcome of a venture that began in the 1990s, when the Martinez family (owners of Bodegas Faustino, a leading producer of wines from the Rioja), purchased nearly 400 acres of terrain enjoying an eastern and southern orientation in Ribero del Duero. Vineyards were planted chiefly with Tempranillo (known locally as Tinta Fina del Pas) at an average density of 1,200 vines per acre.
The name Portia has a dual origin, both as a reference to the seventh satellite of the planet Uranus (representing the pioneer, inventor, creator and artist according to astrology), and the Latin word for a token offering made in ancient times as a symbol of gratitude toward the elements in return for a healthy and abundant harvest. Portias spectacular $25.6-million winemaking facility is impressive. Commissioned by the Martinez family, the project represents the first-ever winemaking bodega designed by internationally famed architect Norman Foster, head of the London-based design team, Foster + Partners.
Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 79ºF. Malolactic fermentation is followed by maturation in new French and American oak barrels for a period of 12 months.