Thursday, March 26, 2009

Report from ... Wines of Portugal - February 26, 2009

What a tough tasting … over 200 wines from the varied regions of Portugal. Can you taste the difference between the Douro and the Dao? Alentejo and Estremadura? Beiras and Bairrada? In the end it was not about which region made the best wine, it was about which wines tasted the best. Most of these wines are not available here in Ontario, so if you can find them elsewhere give them a try - hopefully we’ll see some of these producers’ wines in the near future. Where winery info is quoted I did not make any of the spelling or grammatical errors - I was just copying straight from the guide; but no matter how silly they sound I keep in mind that their English is better than my Portuguese.

Bacalhoa Wines - Founded in 1922
So Touriga Nacional 2006 … sweet vanilla, oak and a great spiced fruit palate.

Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira (CARM) - “all the production is organically grown”
Quinta do Coa 2006 … plum, vanilla, cola and sweet cherries
Quinta do Coa Reserva 2006 … adds spice to the above description while pulling back on the plum.

Companhia Das Qunitas / FWP - “aim is to bring Portuguese wines of the utmost quality to wine lovers of Toronto”
Quinta de Pancas 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva … very spicy and chocolaty with both red and black fruits.

Herdade dos Grous - 536 hectare estate of which 73 is dedicated to top quality wine production, the rest to “horticultural production, olive yard, farming and cattle raising horses”
Herdade dos Grous 2007 Red Reserve … nice spicy palate with a raspberry-spice finish.

J. Portugal Ramos Vinhos - Formed by 4 producers from four different regions
Marques de Borba Reserva 2004 … rich and plumy with sweet red fruit and a nice touch of spice.

Julio Tassara de Bastos (Dona Maria Vinhos) - “Wine has been produced in this estate for over 130 years”
Dona Maria 2005 … plumy black cherry.
Dona Maria Amantis 2005 … sweet red fruit and delicious in the mouth.

No Winery Info Given
Cortes de Cima 2006 … smooth cherry with port-like nuances, the price would be about $24 on this side of the pond and would be worth it.

Vale D’Algares - “Our mission To make a difference, producing and selling high value-added quality wines that are synonymous of excellence and that set an standard for the Ribatejo”
Vale d’Algares Merlot/Touriga Nacional 2007 … very nice wine with smooth plum and black fruit notes.

Sogevinus - no winery info
Hutcheson Colheita 1978 … orange peel, cinnamon, cherry and spice - the stunner of the show.

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