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...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Alicante Bouschet

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • 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


  • 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


  • Herdade de Peso Vinha Do Monte Vinho Regional Alentejano 2011

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    Imported by: Evaton Inc. Ct. A bit inky on the nose and with suggestions of sweetness from new wood supporting smoke laced dark berry and cherry aromas that are topped with a floral note. Round and polished in the mouth, this is a clean, fairly fruity and fairly modern take. theres lots of fruit here, a bit plummy and spiced with some sour plu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Passaros Alvarinho/Trajadura Moncao E Melgaco In Vinhos Verdes 2013

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    Lightly aromatic with a hint of floral spice on the nose followed by pithy citrus fruit aromas and some vaguely sweet fruity note along with hints of river stones and rosemary. Bright even tart on the palate with the faintest hint of trapped CO2 adding a bit lift to the lovely mineral, lemon and lime zest flavors. the backend picks up a little ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Herdade Do Peso Vinha Do Monte Alentejano 2011

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    Looks pretty in the glass. Beautiful ruby color, light bodied. Bretty (as in vinyl) that leans towards slightly smokey. Tastes like Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. That's about it. Read More

    Wine review by Wineoshea


  • Fox, thank you for resurrecting this conversation.  I haven't been ... Ventozolo DOC Reserva) and Alentejano (Herdade do Peso Vinha do Monte).   The Alentejano was particularly outstanding.  Portugal may replace Spain as my "go to" region for best buy Read More

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  • Olaria Vinho Tinto

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    Wine review by kloi


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, RJH.  I don't thing there is any ... the Dao, Douro and Alentejano regions, have been modestly priced, and of very good quality.  Enjoy your adventure RJH, and keep us posted on your discoverie Read More

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  • Herdade Do Peso Vinha Do Monte Alentejano 2011

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    Nice dark red/purple color. Fairly big nose with plum, blueberry. Quite easy on the tongue. Not as full-bodied as I might have guessed from the dark color (looks can be deceiving). I do get that plum flavor and various berries. Some mint or cinnamon thing on the back of the tongue. Very mild acids and very mild tannins. A pretty good wine... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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