Wine Talk! 8/22-8/28
Wines of the Week!
IBERIAN INCREDIBLES IV
Casa da Santos Lima Bonavita Tinto
Made from four grapes, (Syrah, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional), harvested late-season to achieve greater ripeness and flavor intensity. This results in a deep and almost opaque wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. In the mouth, there is prune, fig and cherry. A long smooth finish with chocolate and hints of licorice- a result of oak barrique aging.
2013 Crasto Douro Red
Superb-value red with fruitcake richness made from a blend of different port grapes - tintaroriz, tintabarroca, touriganaçional and tourigafranca. Only 5% of the wine is aged in oak, but the grapes naturally have a slightly spicy character. Intense aromas of blackberries and raspberries on the nose. The palate is all blueberries, brambles and cloves bursting with flavor wrapped in sweet gentle tannins. The spice in this wine will match paella and spicy Spanish cured meats. Hard cheeses from the Iberian Peninsula will work perfectly too!
Blue Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal; it is a Portuguese designation for the production of wine from the Minho province. The name literally means "green wine," but translates as "young wine". The Blue is a refreshingly crisp Vinho Verde. It is soft, light, and slightly effervescent. On the nose there's pineapple followed by subtle hints of citrus. The palate is clean and fresh. A great summer white, low in alcohol and an excellent accompaniment to fish and shellfish, white meats and salads.