Cor rubi aberto. Aroma intenso e apelativo a revelar fruta silvestre madura, cereja em licor e um toque de violetas. Convincente e bastante atractivo na sua franqueza, genuinamente frutado e muito agradável. Simplicidade com qualidade, muito gastronómico.
Muito boa expressão de casta, violeta, flor de citrinos, num registo exuberante mas sem excessos. Muito jovem, mas já pronto a deliciar, sumarento, cheio de fruto, vibrante, cru, sem disfarces, um vinho que apetece beber sem restrições. (14,5%)
Apresenta o vegetal seco bem típico da casta, num perfil cheio de personalidade, notas de mato e erva, pimentão. Na boca surgem taninos secos e sólidos, mas ao mesmo tempo o vinho é suave, superequilibrado, a fruta muito bonita aparece no final longo e afirmativo, com muito carácter Alentejo. (14,5%)
Casta tradicional, conhecida como Boal de Alicante no Alentejo, onde é acusada de produzir vinhos de fraca qualidade e por isso quase extinta. Este vinho parece desmentir veementemente a acusação: de enorme untuosidade mas com perfeito equilíbrio de acidez, perfumado, com fruta muito pura assente em notas de pêssego, marmelo, diospiro, complexidade adicional trazida por flores brancas, tisana. Um branco absolutamente diferenciador e que exige para esta casta uma segunda oportunidade. (13%)
Feito só em inox. Sente-se perfil da casta, mas numa componente aromática mais vegetal e menos frutada. Curiosamente, esse vegetal não se nota na boca, com taninos presentes mas polidos, muita frescura e poder de atracção. É um Baga bem polido, muito bom exemplo da casta fora da região de origem. (14%)
The 2018 Branco de Indígenas Signature Series is an 80/20 blend of Arinto and Verdelho (here, actually Godello), aged for 12 months in barriques up to 10 years old (but also 10% new). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. The first impression here, surprisingly, is wood and cream, but that is not the last impression. The long, textured finish is lovely, and this gradually pulls in some wood. Considering the modest wood treatment, that will continue as this ages and gets a little more bottle age. It will certainly be better this summer. This has the potential to improve over the next few years, and you'd be wise to give it at least six months or so. There were 2,003 bottles produced.
80% Arinto e 20% Verdelho. A barrica está mais presente no aroma do que no “irmão” Palpite, mas o vinho está também mais fechado e austero, com belas notas minerais de pólvora e pederneira. Citrinos amargos surgem na boca ampla e firme, com excelente estrutura ácida, muito carácter no longo final. (13%)
The 2018 Branco de Talha was aged in old 1,000-liter clay amphorae. Very dry (0.3 grams of residual sugar as against seven of total acidity), this wine is a field blend, basically the regular Branco with different vinification, but the blend has undergone some changes. As reported last August, the winery has acquired a new vineyard (with vines from 28 to 49 years old), which now constitutes half of the blend (the other half is 27 to 37 years old). The price has ticked up a bit as well. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is beautifully focused, with a hint of clay, but without the "dirt" nuance that sometimes strongly occurs. There is fine grip on the finish and just a bit of earthiness. This will likely age pretty well—in essence, it has pre-oxidative vinification, said winemaker/owner Antonio Maçanita. Let's start here. It will be interesting to see where it goes, but it looks superlative just now. There were 3,337 bottles produced.
Estreada a marca na colheita de 2010, é feito de várias castas misturadas, em talha pesgada mas sem curtimenta, apenas fermenta o mosto. Aroma muito sério e profundo, no lado das resinas, balsâmicos, caruma, barro húmido, ervas e flores do campo secas. Sente-se o pez no perfil mas sem se sobrepor, na boca surgem elegantes notas citrinas, é um branco muito fino, cheio de caracter e frescura, afirmativo. (12,5%)
Amarelo, com tons mais escuros. O nariz é harmonioso, com frescura e notas de citrinos, sem ser exuberante. A boca é mais insinuante, quase gulosa, marcada pelo lado frutado e algumas notas verdes. É um vinho limpo, com um volume interessante, que termina longo e fresco.
The 2018 Branco is the new release of this regular Colheita, and things have changed. It is a field blend, but now adding Tamarez, Boal and Fernão Pires to the typical Arinto, Roupeiro and others. It is all unoaked and comes in at 13% alcohol. What's new is that the winery has acquired a new old-vines vineyard (47 years), which now constitutes half of the blend. (The other half is 27 to 37 years.) With the new terroir, this is more concentrated and longer on the finish, seeming surprisingly deep and gripping for this regular Branco. Beautifully done, this is the best in a while. This may age unusually well for the brand, but let's start here and see what happens with this sort-of new bottling. There were 22,715 bottles produced.
Várias castas misturadas, vinha velha com outra mais recente. Casca de laranja e limão, notas de ervas aromáticas, gengibre. Untuoso, com corpo cheio e envolvente, bastante acidez a dar muita frescura, belo equilíbrio de conjunto. No final prolongado regressam as sugestões de casca e amargos vegetais. Muito em. (13%)
The 2018 Tinto also takes advantage of the new old-vines vineyard discussed in the tasting note on the regular Branco. That specifically means more Castelão. This was a tank sample, out of cask and the final blend. It comes in at 14.3% alcohol. This is a very elegant Tinto—unusually so. It shows off more red-fruit nuances than in the past too. However, it is just average in concentration and structure. It tastes great, though, and it is a reasonable value.
Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira e Castelão. Um pouco aberto de cor, apontamentos vegetais de qualidade, fruta de ameixa e bagas silvestres. Muito elegante, suave e texturado na boca, com bom equilíbrio de acidez e uma bela harmonia frutada no final longo e fresco. (14,5%)
Profundo e bem maduro de aroma, rebuçado de frutos vermelhos, compotas de amoras. Muito redondo e macio, cremoso e envolvente, com um toque picante cortado por leve doçura frutada. Saboroso e sumarento. (15,5%)
The 2018 Palpite Reserva Branco is a new blend this year, thanks to the winery's new vineyard. It is a blend of Arinto (70%, a big uptick), Tamarez (13%, a new addition) and Alicante Branco (7%, a new addition), with Verdelho and Antão Vaz comprising the rest (and collectively made into minor role players, unlike the past). It was aged for 12 months in French barrels (15% new; the rest were well used, many neutral). It is very dry (less than a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 13% alcohol. This certainly seems like a step up on the 2017, granting that both were not here together. This also takes the 2018 Indigenas this issue, absorbs the wood far better and adds more grip on the finish. It is persistent and focused. Nicely wrought, this should age well, and it has the potential to improve.
Sobretudo Arinto (70%), com Tamarez, Alicante Branco, Antão Vaz e Gouveio. Intenso e profundo, com leves fumados de barrica a envolverem as muitas notas citrinas de raspa de limão. Na boca distingue-se pela enorme elegância, com bela acidez citrina, crocante e incisiva, leves tostados a dar complexidade e requinte. Um grande branco, muito bem feito. (13%)
Bem aberto de cor, aromático e perfumado, mas com grande delicadeza e enorme elegância nas notas de framboesa e morango silvestre. Imensa frescura de boca, tem muita estrutura conjugada com óptima acidez, notável pureza e expressão de fruta. Sofisticação com imensa firmeza e carácter, belíssimo vinho. (12,5%)
Um perfil muito curioso o deste Castelão, com as habituais notas de rebuçados de framboesa ao lado de apontamentos vegetais de musgo, um toque de verniz. Sente-se bem a casta, num vinho muito bonito, cheio de fruto, elegante, leve e fino. (12,5%)
Casta conhecida no Alentejo como Tamarez, colhida numa vinha com 49 anos. É um branco muito atractivo, com a fruta bastante expressiva, notas de melão acompanhadas de um floral elegante. Sumarento, equilibrado, muito bonito, uma novidade vinda de uma casta clássica mas cada vez menos usada na região. (13%)
É um Touriga Nacional sem qualquer madeira, ao contrário do que habitualmente se encontra. A casta mostra-se igual a si própria no nariz, muito floral e com toque mineral, fruta silvestre muito pura. A maciez e frescura, a par da mineralidade e das flores, dão grande elegância a este vinho, tornando-o fino, longo e cheio de carácter.
Vindimado mais cedo do que o “Baga ao sol”, com estágio em barrica usada. É bem mais evidente o carácter da casta, num registo vigoroso, com belos taninos, leves fumados, brilho e presença. Sério e sólido mas ao mesmo tempo elegante, muito assertivo, com enorme frescura no final firme e longo. (14%)
The NV Fina Flor is an Arinto aged for 36 months in well-used French oak, finishing "extra dry," said owner-winemaker António Maçanita. It comes in at 15.6% alcohol (all natural, not fortified). It's an unusual wine, a Portuguese fino, said Maçanita—and to his knowledge, he knows of no one doing one with Arinto, in Spain or elsewhere. "We are starting our Solera," he said. The acidity is bracing. Even as a normal table wine Arinto can do that, especially when the wine is on the cooler side. The acidity is certainly one of the hallmarks of this bottling and a feature that helps it succeed. Even with a touch of wood, it keeps the wine fresh and lively, with a long and juicy finish. It is mouthwatering good. The oxidative nuances are very subdued, by contrast; complexity is not its hallmark. This is still pretty brilliant and pretty special, although one day you may encounter it with more complexity. It is something new and different. It's a little hard to score, perhaps, because there really aren't too many identical benchmarks, but if you like sherry-styled wines, you won't be disappointed. In terms of aging, Maçanita said he wasn't sure but the "general credo is that this style of wine should be drunk ASAP, max three to five years after bottling!" No USA pricing was available, although it seemed expensive in Portugal—around 50 euros for a half bottle. There were just 350 half bottles produced, which might account for that price.
While barrel-influenced and full-bodied, this unctuous wine remains crisp in edgy acidity, with lean flavors of lemon and grapefruit amidst a deeper, richer background of oak and caramel.
O vinho tem origem em vinhas velhas e foi fermentado em talha. Tons arroxeados na cor. Nariz distinto, com notas de ameixa seca, algum couro e um lado floral muito elegante. Na boca, há uma sugestão imediata de amargor, rastilho, taninos areados, acidez bem alta. É um vinho sério, sem gorduras, quase despido. O final tem grande frescura, com notas de fruta e de cardamomo.
Trincadeira, Castelão e muitas outras castas misturadas, duas talhas, 1957 garrafas. Muito boa presença de fruta silvestre, com expressividade associada a enorme delicadeza. Os taninos são de grande polimento, o vinho mostra-se muito puro, bonito, com fruta de grande qualidade, notas de musgo e mato seco. Personalizado, vibrante, absolutamente delicioso. (14%)
The 2017 Palpite Reserva is a blend of 42% Aragonez, 38% Alicante Bouschet, 12% Trincadeira and 8% Touriga Nacional, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 15% alcohol this year. This adds Trincadeira to the blend this year. It is still remarkably flavorful and then adds plenty of power. All the while, it is showing fine concentration, big bursts of flavor and superb structure. It's concentrated but not jammy, retaining some elegance. With a serious tannic backbone—although not too astringent—this looks like a super Palpite. It may yet improve. At the moment, it seems on par with the 2015, but it might just be better in time. It's on the shortlist for "best yet." It might age better than anticipated too. There were 17,987 bottles produced.
Aragonez e Alicante Bouschet, sobretudo, com alguma Trincadeira e Touriga Nacional. Fumados delicados envolvem bem a fruta, com notas balsâmicas, ameixa preta, ervas aromáticas. Taninos sólidos mas sedosos amparam o corpo cheio e rico, num registo bastante texturado, distinto, de final amplo e cremoso com bastantes notas apimentadas. (15%)
Um vinho jovem de cor rubi profunda. Os aromas são intensos, vibrantes, e convidativos incluindo geleia de amora, violetas, ervas secas, chocolate, raspas de cítrinos e especiarias doces. Na boca revela-se bastante encorpado, com taninos firmes, porém sofisticados, álcool elevado mas a boa acidez assegura perfeito equilíbrio.
The 2015 Touriga Vai Nua Signature Series (the name meaning, roughly, Touriga Nacional goes naked) is unoaked Touriga that comes in at 14% alcohol. This is the debut vintage, and I suspect the character of this fresh and elegant vintage suits this bottling well. Gorgeous aromatics start this off. It is fun to just smell. Gloriously fresh and young, it tastes like a barrel sample (although it was bottled, in fact, some four months earlier than tasted). It is simply delicious, too.For all of that intensity of flavor, its freshness lifts it perfectly. It is never sloppy-sweet. Now, all that said, there isn't a lot of concentration and despite its youth, it drinks pretty well now. Will it turn into anything and hold its own, or will it decline rapidly when all of those indicators of youth fade? The winemaker wasn't so sure, nor am I. I still have to give it some props, in fact, bu for my fears of a short and simple life span, I would have rated it higher. If it turns into nothing more than a burst of lightning flashing across the sky, it will be pretty memorable when young. I'll worry about the rest later. This can be drunk a bit cooler than normal. Let's take the aging curve in stages. There were just 3,300 bottles produced.
Cor granada. O nariz é delicado e, ao mesmo tempo, insinuante, com notas adocicadas de fruta madura e chocolate de leite. Na boca, continua a presença do chocolate, num tinto de taninos muito finos, pontuado pela frescura de um lado mais vegetal e silvestre, com sugestões de seiva. Tem corpo médio e final vigoroso. Um Baga quase cremoso, definitivamente elegante e apetecível.
This has been seen before, but I was interested in checking up on this unusual creature, an Alentejo Baga... This has held well so far, the purity of the fruit still shining. It is focused, vibrant, tightly wound and precise.
This is an unexpected wine, unoaked Baga in the Alentejo rather thans its home territory of Bairrada. The result is a wine that certainly hasn't lost its fierce tannin while gaining a rich, full black fruit character. The typical acidity is there, again mitigated by the warmer cliate away from the ocean. It's a surprisingly impressive wine to drink now.
A relatively big powerhouse of a white, this is focused and intense, with grip and penetration on the big finish. It is going to be a great food match as its structure will let it sing.
The 2015 Branco de Talha is lovely this year, perhaps the best yet from Fitapreta. This amphora-aged white is the same field blend as the regular white, I'm told, roughly 40% Antão Vaz, 40% Roupeiro and 20% Arinto, but that amphora aging changes everything. There's a bit of earth and cement up front you will have to like that nuance
Roupeiro e Antão Vaz de vinha velha. Aroma fresc, citrino maduro, giz e algua terra fresca a dar complexidade. Prova de boca ampla, com sabor, leve secura e salinidade que contribui para um perfil gastronómico, e fina suave. Um branco moderno que evoca aromas de outros tempos.
Tightly wound and rather lively at the moment, it shows nice grip on the finish and that earthy feel typical of the lineup. Youth and freshness aside, this may well be the best puppy in the litter. You will still have to be able to deal with those amphora nuances, which will be for more important in how you assess this wine than anything else. If you like them, it is underrated. If you don't, nothing will change that.
Fermented in amphora in the traditional Alentejo style, this old-vine wine has a naturally oxidized character. It is a yeasty, ripe wine that is reminiscent of dry Sherry or Jura's Vin Jaune while preserving fine freshness. It is certainly a food wine, ripe and laden with apricot flavors at the end. Drink now.
This blend of Antão Vaz and Roupeiro has attractive touches of spice and toast accompanying its warm yellow and white fruits. It feels rich and needs at least two years to age.
Fermented in earthenware amphoras by winemaker Antonion Maçanita, this is a wine that starts both herbal and fruity, showing a medicinal flavor and an attractive oxidative note. With its taut texture, this is both fascinating and delicious.
Lembra um Manzanilla com algum peso. Na bonita oxidação causada por flor aparece um ligeiro aroma de redução ou queijo e muita nota resinosa. Muito interessante sem, contudo, encantar. Na boca algum tanino a dar secura, bom corpo sem excessos. Um vinho sui generis para gostos mais radicais.
Antão Vaz, Roupeiro e Arinto. Perfil aromático clássico do Alentejano, com as castas a funcionarem muito bem em harmonia e com complexidade num registo de fruto de caroço e citrino aduro. Muito bem na boca, cremoso e saboroso, uita entrega e final macio.
Young and fruity, this is a smooth, lightly textured wine. It has just enough acidity to give a fresh edge to the ripe quince and Rocha pear flavors. Drink now.
This full-bodied white is rich and creamy. The dominating wood and ripe apricot notes are cut with pineapple-tinged acidity to produce a round yet clean finish.
Crisp, round and spicy, this has dominating flavors of apples and pears. A green plum flavor and pure acidity complement the finish.
Oily-textured wine, flavored with mango and peaches. It's so soft and unctuous that freshness seems to have been left behind. In its place is the ripest fruit giving an open texture and an opulent aftertaste.
The 2015 Tinto is a blend of 40% Aragonez, 30% Trincadeira and 30% Alicante Bouschet. About 50% of the wine was aged in used French oak for nine onths, with the rest in stainless steel. It comes in at 14,5% alcohol. This bottling is always a good buy from Fitapreta, but this one had me wondering if it was the best-ever regular Tinto. I rather enjoyed the 2014, its immediate predecessor. That was a super effort in a tough vintage. If you want to see the difference between a more normal year and that, though, here you go. The difference is fruit flavor. While the 2014s tend to be dry and stern, this is bursting with vivid, but very clean fruit. Elegant, perfectly constructed and just a little tightly wound in its youth, this is irresistible.It's a beautiful performance in an easy-to-drink red that can hold up to food. It can fit into that "summer red" category, too, but its structure may make it even a bit better than that. In short, I have to lean up on this right now. It may not turn into anything much more and may not stay at peak for all of its useful life, but it is quite a buy at the moment.
Um aroma com notas verdes e amargas, fruto de mirtilo e groselha, alguma casca e folha de árvore Na boca a doçura de fruto equilibra as notas vegetais, produzindo um curioso tom agridoce que agrada e convence.
Araagonês, Trincadeira e Alicante Bouschet. Aroma capitoso a fruto maduro, alguma madeira também, perfil quente e atractivo. Prova de boca com muito sabor, quente e guloso, é um vinho redondo mas que preserva algua garrafa no final de boca apimentado.
This wine is ripe and smooth, with a bright streak of acidity. It has weight and concentration as well, with a depth of black plum and berry flavors that give a fine balance between the fresh surface and the firmer, solid core of tannins and structure. Drinkable now, although the wine will be even better from 2016.
A smooth, rounded wine, with depth of black berry, dark plum and licorice flavors. It is solid, chunky, powerfully ripe, full of pepper, spice as well as sweet acidity. Very enticing and rich.
The 2015 Reserva Palpite Branco is a blend of Arinto (58%). Verdelho (24%) and Antão Vaz (18%), aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak (with the rest much older, up to ten years). This is one of Fitapreta's more familiar brands. It's pretty gorgeous this year, with controlled flavor, sensual texture and fine focus. Elegant in the mid-palate, it projects sophistication to go with its fruit, and it handles its wood well. It is impeccably balanced and easily drinkable now. It should age pretty well, too. This might be the best-yet Palpite white, but let's see where we are in a few years.
This white has a nice, sunny feel to its year, giving it a better blend of oak and freshness than some years have shown. Friendly and easygoing, this is very tasty with a bright finish and a bit of wood. Elegant in the id-palate, it does show soe persistence on the finish as well, more than seems apparent. I'm not sure this will ever be profound, but it tastes great, it is easy to love and easy to drink.
Cor: amarelo citrino definido, limpo. Aroma: fantástico; muito intenso em notas de frutos citrinos, toranja, ligeiro abaunilhado. Sabor: envolvente, com bom corpo e volume, com frescura, cativante que lhe confere perfil gastronómico, termina prolongado e cheio de elegância.
Barrica na frente, mas be integrada com notas subtis a fruta branca e tangerina. Muito bem na boca, seca e salgada, ótima acidez e final saboroso. Um branco ambicioso, seco e gastronómico.
Cor: Amarelo citrino, limpo. Aroma: Exuberante e distinto; muito aromático, pleno de notas de frutos de caroço maduros, geleia, algo complexo e mineral. Sabor: Acidez viva e apelativa, redndo e envolvente, muito bem estruturado, tudo bem conjugado, deixa um final de boca perfeito e promissor.
Wood aged for a year, this wine is now rich and smooth. It has the lightest touch of toast to balance the apple fresh acidity and squeezed lemon juice. The wine has a mineral, taut texture that will allow it to age longer. Drink from late 2016.
Opulent and wood-aged, this feels intense and rounded with a ripe Burgundian feel. The full weight of the peach and apricot fruits are given a powerful push by the toast, spice and vanilla flavors. Age this for 2–3 years.
Finely perfumed, a wood-aged wine, smooth and creamy. There is an attractive mix of toast with apricot and white peach flavors, full in the mouth. With its herbs and spice edge, this could probably benefit from another year's aging.
The 2015 Grande Reserva Palpite is a blend of 55% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet and 15% Touriga Nacional, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at a hefty 15,5% alcohol this year. Suave and rather silky in this fresh vintage, it is filled with flavor but always remains fresh. Precise and focused, it ends with surprisingly lifted fruit on the finish. It is nicely structured too. This might be y favourite in the brand so far, but I'd still like to see some evidence that it holds its balance with that alcohol hit as it ages. I saw no evidence of a problem so far, quite to the contrary. Time will tell, but it certainly looks promising.
O lote tem Aragonez (55%), Alicante Bouschet (30%) e Touriga Nacional (15%). Combina-se aqui um lado de vegetal verde, casca de árvore e um toque de azeitonas verdes, um registo em que a barrica ajuda ao equilíbrio do conjunto aromático, sem interferir com a fruta. Bela estrutura de boca, taninos finos mas presentes, tem volume sem perder a elegância.
This seems simply brilliant on opening. Showing refinement and mid-palate finesse, it adds a serious backbone, a tight, lingering finish and fine intensity of flavor. This is too young just now, unevolved and hard-edged. It needs a couple of years to settle down, at which point the big fruit and the fine structure should come into better balance. It ay yet be entitled to an uptick. I did see some evidence, with air, of it coming around, but don't be too impatient with it. It should age well.
Aragonês e Alicante Bouschet, com um pouco de Touriga Nacional e Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruto exuberante no nariz, com fruto uito maduro (ameixa) e notas quentes da madeira. Macio na boca, leve doçura, apelativo e de tanino orno, com entrega. Um tinto com carácter alentejano mas vestido de modernidade.
Graceful, elegant, bright, but not always the most dramatic of wines, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you like some subtler qualities in wine, this does well and covers all the bases. It handles its oak surprisingy well, considering how much it had and how young it is. It drinks beautifully and shows its underlying stuff as it airs out, the fruit becoming more expressive and flavorful while the structure asserts itself and moderate tannins pop up. Its freshness makes it a pleasure to drink, and that will be its best claim to fame.
Aragonez is the main force behind this smooth, rich wine. It has great tannins that are cushioned comfortably by the rich, juicy berry fruits. Spice and acidity roll around the mouth, giving a lift to the rich, still firmly tannic wine. Drink this impressive wine from 2018.
Cor: Rubi com reflexos violeta, limpo. Aroma: Apelativo; frutado intenso, a sugerir frutos vermelhos maduros, bagas, toque floral, balsâmico. Sabor: Rico, encorpado, com taninos firmes, acidez em bom plano, ligeiro vegetal, frutado, com madeira bem integrada, promete vida longa, termina persistente.
Rich and full bodied, this is a warm, rounded wine. It has superrich black fruits that push right through the tannic shell, adding a juicy character to a wine that will need several years to mature. On the finish, acidity and a dried fruit flavor combine with firm tannins.
Concentrated and impressive, this has dark fruit and layers of wood, with a dense texture. Dominated by its opulent black fruits, this full-bodied wine is sustained by its tannins and acids. It should age for many years.
Finely perfumed, a wood-aged wine, smooth and creamy. There is an attractive mix of toast with apricot and white peach flavors, full in the mouth. With its herbs and spice edge, this could probably benefit from another year's aging.
Smooth, wood and black fig flavored wine, rich and velvet in texture. The wine initially seems ready to drink, but then tannins kick in and it is obviously a wine with good aging potential. Certainly the weight, power and ripe fruit are all very evident.
Big, concentrated, mouth-coating and powerful, yet somehow with some hints of elegance, this tightly-wound Tinto is a bit hard on the edges right now, but that will resolve if you have a bit of patience. This is the one in Fitapreta's lineup that needs the most cellar time for best results... One thing I have learned about this bottling in the past is that it always gets better with time. This may well be the best one yet... There were 3,600 bottles produced.
Emphasizing that beautiful focus that I saw the first time around, this preens in its controlled power. It has a fine backbone that never becomes overwhelming. At that point, the fruit emerges and this begins to show far more complexity. It is coming together well and it should be a strong contender for "best yet" in this brand. There were just 6,500 bottles produced.
With its wire caged bottle, the wine appears as though it is Spanish. The flavors, though, are all Portuguese. Dominated by Touriga Nacional's distinctive perfumed and dry tannin character, with the addition of the powerfully juicy Alicante Bouschet, the wine is dark, solid and still coming together. It is concentrated and rich, shot through with acidity. Drink from 2017.
Densely tannic, this has notes of licorice and dark chocolate. It has obvious richness and weight that give a sweetness to the damson flavor and acidity. The juicy character of this ageworthy wine powers right through to the finish.
Any doubts that Portugal's Alentejo region can rival many big New World wines would be dispelled by this extravagant wine. With its intense fruit, sweet tannins, figs, coffee and spice flavors, it packs a serious punch of flavor. For drinking now.
The 2015 Preta Cuvée David Booth is a Grande Reserva. The "David Booth" part was only added later, after David's untimely death, but I am keeping the entire Preta lineup together so that it makes some historical sense; it's the same wine. It is a blend of 58% Alicante Bouschet and 35% Aragonez, with 7% Baga added in. It was aged for 24 months in 40% new French barrels (the rest, used to neutral) and comes in at a hefty 15.5% alcohol. A blockbuster style—it's not always—this is very ripe and rather powerful too. Bold in flavor with beef and a hint of game, this does have some jam and not as much elegance as some. On the other hand, it's simply spectacular in many ways. That's not just because of the fruit, but because of the impressive structure. There is serious power here to support the dense mid-palate. This is very good, sometimes sensational, but it does have to prove to me that it can hold its balance as it ages. It could wind up being the best yet, but let's see it answer some questions in the cellar. It may age better than anticipated. They usually do. There were just 3,520 bottles produced.
Parte sangria e parte bica aberta. Aroma que começa discreto mas com complexidade, fósforo, terra húmida, notas de madeira, e chocolate branco. Muita garra na boca, afirmativo, especiado, e com longo final. Grande rosé! Para a mesa.
Castelão, Trincadeira e Aragonez. Cor blush levemente tijolada. Aroma muito interessante, com notas de fruto e folhas envoltas num fundo vegetal e levemente especiado. Meio corpo em boca, sério e seco, algum tanino e muita presença. Um rosé simultaneamente fresco e persistente, com boa complexidade e sentido gastronómico.
More commonly found in coastal Setúbal, here, Castelão yields a fruity, soft and ready-to-drink wine. It has red berry and plum flavors and the lightest hint of tannins to give shape to the juicy core. Drink now.