Alentejano Wine

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This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The climate is continental with blazing hot summers and cold winters. 
 
Alentejo is known for its reds wines that come in two distinct styles: Some producers favor the more traditional Portuguese style of using blends of indigenous grapes, picking fruit at pinpoint ripeness and creating wines with earthy, robust, complexity that can be quite ageworthy. Other wine-makers are taking a more “new world” modern approach, favoring more ripened fruit and jammy, intense wine. It’s the latter style that has brought the most recent attention to the region. 
 
The main red grapes grown in Alentejo are Aragonez (Tempranillo in Spain), Trincadeira, Moreto and Castelao, with some winemakers adding Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. A small amount of white is produced from Arinto, Perrum, Fernao Pires and Roupeiro. It is divided into the following subregions:
 
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  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Alicante Bouschet

    History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents....

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% ... planted in the (surprise) Alentejano region of Portugal.All in all, I can't recommend that people rush out and buy this one.  It's OK, but not special.  There is a very serious hit of black cherry fruit on introduction.  Happily it does not come with the suggestion of swee... Read More

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  • Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano 2012

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    More blue than red in the glass. Somewhat musty nose. Big black fruit on entryalmost black cherry Kool-Aid level. However, that quickly passes. Lots of tart acid. Then there is an earthiness. All in all its an OK everyday drinker, but nothing particularly special. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Joao Portugal Ramos Vinho Branco Loios 2011

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  • Fado Terras de Alter Alentejo Reserva 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Ciconia Reserva 2011

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    Light wine to be enjoyed alone or with a fish stew. It is a blenf of touriga nacional, aragonez & trincadeira. at under $10 this is an awesome value that will make you want to learn more about Portugal and their grape varietals. Reflects complexity, soft tannins and character to be enjoyed alone or in a pairing Read More

    Wine review by dmele


  • Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Conde Villar Vinho Regional Alentejano 2013

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    Wonderful... and only $8. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Agricultura Vinho Regional Alentejano 2011

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    Imported by: ObrigadoA blend of unspecified percentages of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Trincadeira A bit frankly earthy on the nose with a raw, cola and spicy dried fruit character that is modestly sweet and smoky with underlying black cherry fruit. A bit soft in the mouth, lending this a sweetish tone on the palate that is supported by the swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Agricultura Vinho Regional Alentejano 2011

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    Wine review by mark


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