Portugal is a land of contrasts. Ox carts and sports cars use the same roads, and even in the viticulture you can see both ancient hand skills and the most modern technology. Today, the direct descendantes of Portugal’s great seafarers and explorers are beginning to discover the value on their wine estates (Quintas), which date from Portugal’s golden age. With evidently around 500 varieties of grape, numerous old stock, and highly committed vintners, Portugal has a big future in the modern wine wold.
Since wine drinkers all over the world are increasingly looking for alternatives to the ever constant Chardonnays and Cabernets, Portugal’s wines are certainly in tune with the times.
Rapaura Springs, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Fantastic nose, long crispy finish, passion fruit, melon, pineapple, lime, excellent citrus
Jose Maria da Fonseca, Periquita Reserva
Elegant texture, smooth body, cassis and pepper notes, oak and vanilla, long nice after taste
Tefilo Reyes, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero
Vanilla, plum and spices take a leading role, oak, medium - high tannins and acidity. Great quality.
Smoking Loon Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley
Light in color, fresh crushed raspberries, strawberries and cranberries, hint of cinnamon, light bodied
Jackson Estate, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Cool-climate origins in bright acidity, the rich flavors of blueberries, black cherries, cola and dusty spices
Cakebread, Cabernet, Napa Valley CA
Beautifully balanced and richly textured on the palate, its concentrated black cherry, wild berry, cassis and mocha flavors are supported by supple tannins and extended in a long chocolate-y finish.