Wine

Wine Selection for August

“Vinum et musica laetificat cor” – Eclesiástico, XL,20

The aforementioned phrase means "wine and music gladden the heart". It is with this exact sentiment that we want each person who visits O Paparico to finish their experience and remember it over and over again. In fact, more than creating memories, we live and are part of them. September inaugurates the vintage season and invites all wine lovers to share and drink new stories and emotions. Nature is truly noble and inspiring. At this stage, the union of those who make this activity their life is not only about work, but also about the celebration of tradition, conviviality and festive spirit.

In order to celebrate this passion for wine, our sommelier Fernando Mansilha, selected three wines to accompany you throughout this month. They are the Quinta das Lamelas Grande Reserva 2017, the Anselmo Mendes Dão Silvares 2015 and, finally, the Kopke 50 Years White, to honour the 10th of September and pay due tribute to the Port Wine Day.

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Quinta da Lamelas stands out for the insistent and constant search for quality. But more than this demand, the respect for the gifts of nature and the Douro is what demarcates and characterizes this project. In this sense, they believe they must use traditional methods as resources, both in what concerns the harvest - which is done by hand - and in the vinification of some wines, such as port-foot treading. As a result, they present unique wines with a strong identity. In their words, they are "small producers in the constant search for great wines". Such is the 2017 Quinta das Lamelas Grande Reserva, a noble and addictive wine.

Tasting notes from our sommelier:

"Straw-yellow coloured wine. It presents a tropical aroma, with notes of pineapple, passion fruit and coconut, as well as a light hint of vanilla and orange jam. In the mouth it shows some volume and structure and in the finish the tropical notes are again evident. The acidity is medium with a long finish".

- Fernando Mansilha

The winemaker and producer Anselmo Mendes is rightly known both for the excellence of his wines and for his strong ability to innovate in a surprising and consistent way, as well as for his originality in combining traditional methods with bold and contemporary techniques. His wines are the result of a strong bond with the land, empirical knowledge and, at the same time, the result of an excellent study and, above all, respect for the ecosystem in which it is integrated.

Anselmo Mendes Dão is produced exclusively from grapes coming from Quinta das Lamelas. The microclimate that sits in the region where it is located - Dão, sub-region of Besteiros - characterized by humid mornings and mild temperatures, gives the wines a unique elegance.

Tasting notes from our sommelier:

"Presents a ruby colour with hints of orange. On the nose reveals notes of black cherry, blackberry, black plum, some menthol and a slight earthy note. In the mouth it is medium bodied with round tannins. It shows again the black fruit notes and a slight forest floor. Strong and fresh acidity with a long and smooth finish."

- Fernando Mansilha

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Finally, we invite you to feel and taste a bit of history. Since the year 1638 Kopke traced its legacy in terms of Port Wine production. Curiously, on September 10, 1756, the Demarcated Region of the Douro was created, which led, a posteriori, to the celebration of Port Wine Day, in which all the wine growers, merchants and all those who throughout the years have consolidated Port Wine as an ambassador product not only of the region but also of the country are honoured.

For this reason, our sommelier Fernando Mansilha, selected the Kopke 50 Years White Port, an exclusive and limited wine, to celebrate "the wisdom of time" and this iconic date.

 Tasting notes from our sommelier:

"It reveals a woody tone with greenish reflections. On the nose it is complex and with notes of dried figs, white prunes and nuts. In the mouth it shows notes of aging in wood, spices and nuts, but always involved by fresher notes. Long finish."

- Fernando Mansilha