Youthful aromas of black fruits (cassis, blackberry, plum) ooze from the glass and fill your mouth. Spicy notes accent the juicy fruit on the palate while firm tannins form a solid core leading into a smoky smooth finish.
$12.00 / Bottle $144.00 / Case
Forget about the popular wines you usually serve. Treat yourself to the exciting flavors of Portugal’s native castas (grape varieties). Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Baga, Periquita and Tinto Cao are just a few of the unusual varietals you will encounter as you discover the wines of Portugal.
Despite the fact that the Portuguese have been making wine for over 2500 years, the country is undergoing a wine Renaissance. For hundreds of years people have been collecting the famous sweet wines of Porto, and who doesn’t remember Lancers and Mateus? Why haven’t the other quality wines of Portugal caught on?
The fascist dictatorship which ruled the country for 40 years didn’t do much to promote exports, and after it was overthrown things were a bit chaotic. It took admittance to the European Union to usher in a new era in Portuguese winemaking.
Wineries modernized their cellars, regulations were brought in line with those of other EU countries, and indigenous grapes were “rediscovered”. Pride of place now rules and Portugal’s potential lies in its diversity.
The country has a wealth of up-and-coming regions like Estremadura, a district lying slightly inland on the coastal strip north of Lisbon. It is generally thought of as a source of rustic, cheap wine, but watch out - things are changing rapidly in that forgotten corner of Portugal!
Wineries like Caves Vidigal, who have a long history and generations of experience are turning their attention to the incredible potential of the region.
They were the first to produce a Reserva level wine in Estremadura and are experimenting with different grape varieties. Their Reserva is made from a blend of 70% Tinta Roriz, 20% Castelão and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tradition remains important, and it distinguishes these wines from the masses of generic varietal wines on the shelves today. Enjoy this wine with hearty grilled burgers or pasta!