The wines for this blend are selected for their richness and concentration. The style is fruity luscious and mellow with an attractive undertone of spice. Aged for some 4 years in seasoned oak casks before bottling. The grapes are handpicked from prime areas of Portugal’s Upper Douro Valley and harvested in the fall. They are fermented for a short period of time before the addition of 100% neutral grape spirit alcohol. This step stops fermentation, preserves the wine’s natural grape sugars, and gives its unique, rich flavors.