Prats & Symington 2006 Chryseia
The traditional winemaking methods of Portugal’s Douro Valley and those of Pauillac inBordeaux, like the two region’s climates, could not differ more. Yet, in 1999, the Symington family, producers of several leading Ports, partnered with Bruno Prats, the former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel, to make table wine from the Douro’s finest vineyards using Bordelaise techniques. The result was Chryseia, an elegant blend of native varietals such as Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. The Prats & Symington 2006 Chryseia, which was aged for 10 months in new French oak, piques the senses with deep aromas of clove and cinnamon; on the palate, its refreshing acidity enlivens flavors of red cherry, red plum, coffee, and creamy milk chocolate.