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Kobrand Corporation

January 28, 2015 12:46 ET

Taylor Fladgate & Croft Release 2012 Vintage Single Quinta Ports

The Finest Vineyards and a Top Vintage Reflected in Each Bottle of Croft Quinta da Roeda 2012 and Taylor Fladgate Quinta De Vargellas 2012 Ports

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 28, 2015) - Single quinta vintage Ports reflect a special category of Portugal's fortified wine. This year, The Fladgate Partnership and U.S. importer Kobrand Wine & Spirits have released two such selections: Croft Quinta da Roêda 2012 and Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas 2012 Ports, each available nationwide.

Single Quinta Vintage Ports Defined
Single quinta vintage Ports are produced from grapes grown in each Port house's finest single vineyard and are produced only in exceptional years in which a general vintage is not declared. The grapes are trodden by foot in granite lagares to minimize the release of harsh, bitter compounds from grape skins and seeds, and fermentation is halted by the addition of brandy before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine.

Croft Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port 2012
20% ABV, 750ml, $47.99 SRP
Quinta da Roêda, owned by the Croft family since 1875, has long been considered one of the great Port vineyards, producing characteristically plump, full, fruit-forward wines. Croft Ports spend two years in wood, after which the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decades.

TASTING NOTES: The nose is true to the Roêda style, a luscious fruitiness combined with the resiny, musky redolence of wild herbs and gum cistus. However the year, with its typical purity and finesse, has placed this finely constituted wine at the elegant and subtle end of the Roêda spectrum. Blended with the typically jammy fruit are fresher notes of raspberry and apricot and the palate is lifted by a crisp acidity and supported by dense firm, sinewy tannins. Slightly more restrained and clearly delineated than some recent Roêda vintages, the wine displays the seductive ripe fruitiness that is the hallmark of this great historic estate.

FOOD PAIRING: Pair with aged cheeses such as Gouda, dark chocolate torte or flourless chocolate cake and desserts made with berries.

Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2012 
20% ABV, 750ml, $52.99 SRP
Quinta de Vargellas, celebrated as one of the top 100 vineyards in the world, has been part of the Taylor Fladgate estate for more than a century. It has the highest percentage of old vines of any quinta in the Douro, with 60% more than 75 years old. This wine has spent two years aging in vat before bottling.

TASTING NOTES: Pure woodland fruit aromas combine with notes of wild herbs, gum cistus and discreet hints of vanilla. The floral scents, hallmark of Vargellas, include characteristic violet along with delicate blossom notes. Clean, vibrant berry fruit flavors. Wiry tannins on the mid-palate which provide plenty of grip and an attractive touch of austerity. Wonderfully fine and harmonious.

FOOD PAIRING: Most often served after a meal, alone or with cheese, nuts, dried fruits or fine dark chocolate.

For more information, please visit Taylor Fladgate or Croft Port. High-resolution images and samples are available upon request.

About Kobrand Corporation
Kobrand Corporation was founded in 1944 and to this day remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies. Kobrand's portfolio of wine and spirits was meticulously selected according to a single, unerring principle: quality. This continued focus has made the Kobrand name synonymous with wines and spirits of the highest caliber for 70 years. Kobrand is the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of fine wines, including from France: Maison Louis Jadot, Chậteau des Jacques, Domaine Ferret, Champagne Taittinger, Chậteau Mont-Redon, Chậteau d'Aquẻria, Bouvet-Ladubay and Michel Redde et Fils; from California: Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove Winery, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Domaine Carneros and Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery; from Washington: Mullan Road Cellars; from Italy: Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tenute Silvio Nardi, Tenuta La Fuga, Tenute del Cabreo, Tenuta di Nozzole, Tenuta Campo al Mare, Tenuta TorCalvano, Santa Martina, Spalletti, Masi Agricola, Michele Chiarlo, Tenuta di Salviano, Agricola Punica, Feudo Maccari, Fernando Pighin and Figli, Bollini and Caposaldo; from Spain: Bodega Don Olegario and Poema Cava; from Argentina: Alta Vista and Barda by Bodega Chacra; from Chile: Altamana; from New Zealand: Craggy Range Winery and Infamous Goose; from Portugal: Taylor Fladgate , Fonseca and Croft and finally our Global brand: The Seeker. Kobrand is also the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of premium spirits, including; from France: Alizẻ Passion, Alizẻ Coco and Alizẻ Cognac; from Norway: Vikingfjord and from England: Gates of London as well as a craft spirits portfolio, including from France: Delamain Cognac, Larressingle Armagnac, Belle de Brillet and L'Héritier-Guyot; from Italy: Antica Sambuca and Tia Maria; from Norway: Linie Aquavit, from Denmark: Aalborg Akvavit and from Martinique: Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Agricole.

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