Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
This is aged in casks and small "tomies"; exposing them to gradual oxidation which results in a mellow golden-brown color and a pleasant nutty flavor, with hints of caramel.
Long summers, brutally hot temperatures, and steep hillsides that range from thirty five to seventy degrees of inclination are what awaits the brave souls who decided to grow grapes and craft wine in this part of the world. As Karen McNeil summarizes "that vineyards are planted in the Douro is a testament to human will, for this is one of the most unmerciful environments in which grapes manage to grow." Many winemakers will often comment that the more the grape vines have to struggle, the better character the wine will display. Wines from the Douro have an awful lot of character!