2004 Quinta do Zambujeiro Monte do Castanheiro – Portugal, Alentejo (2/22/2006)Light bright red color. The nose has spice, blackfruit, and pepper, Medium acidity with light to medium tannins. The palate is rich and fruit driven with pepper, raisin, plum and a nice minerality. Good table wine bargain.
Have you ever gotten directions from a friend like this, “Yeah! Two lefts, a right and then call me from your cell phone and I’ll tell you the way from there.”? So, being a good friend, you trusted their directions and followed every “right’, “left’ and “straight’ only to find your cell phone out of minutes and your pockets completely empty of change when you needed to call him.
2003 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo Reserva Casa dos Zagalos – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Light reddish purple. The nose is a barnyardy mineral aroma with hay, earth, and cherry fruit. Firm medium weight tannins with a medium overall acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, minerals, charcoal, and light vanilla.
2002 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Deep dark purple with hints of red. Just opened and very closed with chokecherry notes, basalmic, pepper, earth and smoke. Tannins are big and firm yet very fine. Medium acidity helps frame the flavors of blackpepper, anise, chokecherry, black […]
Last month, I had an afternoon appointment at Quinta Malhadinha in the Alentejo. My goal was to visit a Cooperative in Reguengos and then head South past Beja to this new winery in the hopes of finding some new exciting Portuguese wines.
By now, everyone knows that I’m a sucker for an unknown varietal. Give me a wine with a grape whose name I’ve never heard of and I’m a happy man. Be it a Schiopettino from Italy or a Nergamoll from the Canaries, until I’ve tried it, I won’t be satisfied! […]
On my recent trip to the Alentejo, as I was driving through the small town of Reguengos on my way to José Sousa’s, it occurred to me that the city wasn’t surrounded by an enormous stone wall, or even a castle for that matter – a major abnormality in Portugal. […]
Writing for this site has been an incredible learning experience. My job is to travel around the peninsula discovering wine unknown to you, and then go about convincing you that these Bodegas are worth learning about for yourself. This past week, while I was in the Alentejo, I continually felt as if I was discovering Bodegas new to the international wine market and of great importance to you.
Just a quick note to say hello and to share how incredible I feel the Alentejo region is. I’ve seen five really interesting and innovative bodegas whose wines all pose new flavors and exciting levels of quality. In fact, it is by far the most tourist friendly wine region I […]
Tonight I am off for the Alentejo region in Portugal. I’m planning to spend the next three days tasting wine and learning about the great tourism opportunities developing in this exciting region. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Alentejo region, it is located in the lower half […]