1st, 3rd and 4th places for Portuguese wines on the Wine Spectator Top 100

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The Symington family saw two of its wines distinguished: the Dow's 2011 Vintage with 99 points out of 100, distinguished as wine of the year, occupying the 1st position, and the Chryseia 2011 on 3rd with 97 points.

The Quinta do Vale Meão 2011, a wine made by the Olazabal family, stayed on the 4th position, also with 97 points out of 100.

2011 was indeed an exceptional year for the Douro wine.

Wine Spectator described the Dow’s Vintage 2011 as “a monument to quality and the Douro’s modernization. Not overly sweet, the 2011 Dow’s delivers an abundance of grip, the interplay of alcohol and tannins prerequisite to long life."

About the Chryseia 2011, made from the wine varieties Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, the Wine Spectator describes it as a wine ” balancing finesse and power in the best vintage in a generation for this region.”

A “lush, seductive red wine” is how the Wine Spectator characterises the 4th world’s best wine, the Quinta do Vale Meão, produced with a blend of native Portuguese grapes Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, by Francisco Olazabal.

The second position went to the Carnival of Love, by the Australian Marquis.

See the full list of the 100 best wines in the world at http://2014.top100.winespectator.com/