Cellar Notes: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008

  • Photo by Cordero Studios
    Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008 Touriga Nacional TN Photo by Cordero Studios

    The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s famous fortified wine; rather, its members were engaged in the less glamorous business of manufacturing cork stoppers. Their success, however, later enabled them to diversify their interests into banking, telecommunications, and—with the purchase of Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo—viticulture. At this 18th-century estate in the Douro Valley, the family combines traditional and modern winemaking methods, including crushing grapes by foot in the granite lagares of the original winery (built in 1764) and by machine in the automated lagares at the new facility next door. Admirers of the region should sample Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008 Touriga Nacional TN, an exquisitely dark and deeply perfumed table wine. Redolent of bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, and dried orange peel, this dense red reveals subtle, spicy flavors of ginger, clove, and mesquite smoke. ($75) www.quintanova.com.

    From Around the Web...
    The key ingredient in these cocktails brings less sugar and more spice…
    These new releases may not be on store shelves come autumn, so drink up now…
    Until Cuban cigars are legal, cigars from the Dominican Republic may be your best bet…
    Photo by Alan Copson/Getty Images
    Distillers are blasting spirits into space or sending them to the ocean floor in pursuit of flavor…
    Brazil’s national spirit, best known as the base for caipirinhas, can make a great sipping spirit...
    Photo by Dylan + Jeni
    A tiki revival is in full swing, resurrecting classic cocktails and creating complex, modern drinks…
    Recipes and drink-making tips from Brooklyn Bartender: A Modern Guide to Cocktails and Spirits…
    A blanco direct from the stills showcases liquid agave in its purest form…
    Photo by Dave Burk
    Premium smokes, luxury spirits, and small plates may soon be joined by food from Nobu and Guy Savoy…
    The latest release from the Macallan is among the rarest offerings from the brand…