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September 12, 2008

Quinta do Infantado

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:55 am

InfantadoAuthor: Dirk Chan

Hard to believe it has only been since 1986 that Portugal broke the monopoly of the British shippers to start their own export of estate-bottled ports and the Quinta do Infantado (the Portuguese word for ‘prince’) was the first grower to take advantage of the new laws and start shipping to North America. The high altitude (150km) winery is located in Pinhão, on the north bank of the Duro River in the subdistrict of Gontelho with its ‘Class A’ vineyards, where the best port houses are found. Ran by the dynamic João Roseira, vineyard manager and winemaker, along with his sister Catherine Roseira, Chief Executive Officer.

With an impressive portfolio of White, Ruby, Tawny, LBV and Vintage Ports, plus the addition of table reds, all made from their Class A vineyards and handpicked. I remember a fantastic 1983 LBV that was almost as good as some of the declared Vintage Ports from that year. Traditional winemaking here, all the wines made here are held in lagares which Joao believes gives the a very high ratio of skins to must resulting in better definition and  richer, fuller bodied wines. Try out the basic Ruby Port for $22.99, it is extremely elegant and rich with plummy fruit, an excellent value for the money and one of the best of its kind.  The house style of the ports is less dry than some.

Infantado_DouroPortuguese reds (made from the same indigenous grapes – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz used in the making of Vintage Port) are really catching fire with the public, and the excellence of the 2005 vintage seems to be universal. The 2005 Infantado Douro table red is no exception and is very fine indeed and deserves your attention while the Douro Reserve is even more distinctive with its perfumed raspberry, spiced red cherries, pomegranate and sandalwood notes and yes very ageworthy to boot. Douro Reds from Infantado have only been bottled since 2001 but the Reserva can compete with the Niepoort Charme, or the Quinta do Val Meao Douro Reserve. From our tastings,  Infantado is one winery on the rise.

NV Quinta do Infantado Ruby Port – $22.99

2001 Quinta do Infantado LBV Port – $35.99

NV Quinta do Infantado Dry White Port – $24.99

2005 Quinta do Infantado Douro – $23.99

2005 Quinta do Infantado Douro Reserve – $54.99


  1. I think the store is on to a winner here with this estate. Look forward to some pleasurable experiences!
    The other day, I purchased a very nice Pouilly-Fuisse that had just arrived in the store…>

    TN: `06 Pouilly-Fuisse Classique, Chateau de Beauregard.

    Good natural cork, 13% alc, $18 Cdn for half-bottle. Opened an hour to air and breathe.

    Color. Light verging on a medium yellow, looks attractive.

    Nose. White stone fruit, apple, minerally but all a tad muted. Is there a closed-up period for these wines?

    Palate. Initial entry is crisp, honeysuckle, fresh flavors. Fair amount of depth here but guess entry level from these guys. Has some richness, pretty well just off dry? Good aftertaste, drinks well. Citrus hits on mid-palate, excellent acidity. Found brief touch of vanilla after 2 hrs, does not overpower.Good wine, just what I expected.
    The chicken breast in a mushroom cream sauce went nicely here

    Comment by Bob Parsons — September 16, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  2. I’d like to add my 2 bits about the Patrice Rion 2004 Pinot Noir that I had bought from deVine about 1/1/2 to 2 years ago.

    We cracked it open tonight. What a lovely wine. Opened with cherries up front on the nose, down the hatch with red fruit, and then a finale of pinot dirt.
    We paired this with a BBQ duck from Chinatown. It had the fat to remove any trace of tannin. The sauce had salty and sweet notes with a hint of star anise. What a great pairing. Great wine with great food, and we didn’t break the bank.
    Thanks deVine, you suggested another winner.

    Comment by lmarkin — September 20, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

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