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 Alves de Sousa

Domingos Alves de Sousa was one of the pioneers of wines from the Douro, one of the first to abandon the urban comfort of Oporto city and return to Douro after a lifetime linked to other professional activities. One of the forerunners of the movement that ended up with the rise of the Douro wines with the acclaimed Quinta da Gaivosa. From an estate historically dedicated to Port wine, white and red, is born a star from the Douro. Wine with a smooth and elegant profile, balanced and harmonious, a classic, genuine and honest in face of the Douro valley character.

Quinta da Gaivosa extended with 5 additional estates, add up to a total of 125 hectares, an expression of the terroir.


 

Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Branco

Appellation: Douro DOC
Alcohol: 12.5%
Grapes: Gouveio, Malvasia Fina
Tasting Notes
Visual: Pale yellow
Nose: Melon
Palate: Mango, honeydew melon, grapefruit and chalk with soft minerality
Pairings: Seafood, Asian dishes, fruit salsas.

Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Branco -- Sales Sheets
Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Branco -- Shelf Talker

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Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Reserva Red

Appellation: Douro DOC
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca
Visual: Ruby
Nose: Violets and pine tree
Palate: Bold and rich cherries and plums with layers of dark chocolate and espresso
Pairings: Roasted poultry, beef, lamb, charcuterie, hard, strong cheeses.

Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Reserva Rouge -- Sales Sheets
Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Reserva Rouge -- Shelf Talker

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Alves de Sousa Caldas Red

Appellation: Douro DOC
Vineyards: Beautiful “Quinta” on the right bank of the Douro River, with great historical tradition – it was a fundamental piece of the ancient “Caldas do Moledo” complex from the famous Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira (the “Ferreirinha”). With its 33ha it’s now individually the biggest vineyard from the Alves de Sousa family. Vines are 20+ years old.
Grapes: Touriga Nacional 40%, Tinta Barroca 35%, Tinta Roriz 25%
Vinification: Total destemming. 8 days fermentation with temperature control + 3 days maceration
Aging: 30% in 4th year French oak for 3 months; 70% in concrete vats
Alcohol: 13.5%
Color: Ruby
Nose: Very fragrant with berry flavors & violets
Palate: Blackberry flavors with dark chocolate and a hint of pepper on the finish. Smooth, with plenty of fruit, a refined structure and a great gastronomical ability.

Alves de Sousa Caldas Red -- Sales Sheets
Alves de Sousa Caldas Red -- Shelf Talker

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Alves de Sousa Abandonado Red

Appellation: Douro DOC
Grapes: Tinta Amarela Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão, others (20+ indigenous grapes, a field blend)
Vineyards: Over 80 years old, situated on a slope with intense sun exposure and great pieces of shale, so harsh that not even a blade of grass could exist. The vineyard is impacted by the schist, the surrounding forest and the freshness of the altitude. An exercise of pure elegance and class, it’s one of the most iconic vineyards of the Douro and Portugal. The people of the estate quickly nicknamed it Vinha do Abandonado or the Abandoned Vines. Year after year, the few grapes from this vineyard created the finest blends.
Vinification: Total destemming. 9 days fermentation with temperature control + 10 days maceration
Aging: 18 months in new French and Portuguese oak (225L capac.)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Color: Intense ruby
Nose: Great aromatic complexity and freshness, with quite unique (but typical from the Abandonado vineyard) balsamic and tar flavors, licorice and black berries. Pure refinement, with delicacy, minerality and an extraordinary purity of fruit.
Palate: Deep flavors of tar, black fruits and a floral hint. Powerful structure with strong but well-ripened tannins. Notes of over ripened Morello cherries and dark chocolate. Dense, complex and a very long finish.

Alves de Sousa Abandonado Red -- Sales Sheets
Alves de Sousa Abandonado Red -- Shelf Talker

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