Alentejo Wine

 

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...

  • Aragonêz

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • Rapariga da Quinta 2009

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Carmim Reguengos Alentejo DOC Reserva Vinho Branco 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Alentejo Marquês de Borba Red 2003

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  • Herdade Do Esporao Alentejo Reguengos Reserva 2009

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  • Rapariga da Quinta 2009

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  • Chaminé Branco 2008

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  • Herdade Do Esporao Monte Velho Red Alentejo 2010

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    A little earthy and spicy on the nose with some blue fruits and a hint of cow patty. Dried grass and herbs and a sprig of mint pop with air. On entry, this is fresh with some cut, but the tannins are a bit heavy here and dull the edge of the wine. The tannins also contribute a savoriness to the wine. Leather and earth cover the fruit to a fair e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alentejo Vinho Tinto Pimenta 2007

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    Pretty oaky on the nose with plenty of marshmallow vanilla over floral-accented blueberry fruit. Smooth and rather lightweight, this shows significant oak influence from the nutty, caramel cream accents and the blueberry and strawberry fruit in the mouth right through the decidedly peppery and slightly drying finish. Its pretty foursquare and ho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Esporao Vinha Vinha da Defesa Vinho Tinto Alentejano 2009

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    Powerful and ripe on the nose with savory black olive and spicy peppercorn notes framing deep blackberry fruit with hints of vanilla and fresh cut cedar. Smooth and fairly rich on entry with a soft yet decisive mouthfeel. There's plenty of fruit here. Slightly dried berry fruit is framed with well judged oak and topped with herbal, savory black ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Herdade Do Esporao Vinha da Defesa Rose Syrah. Aragonez Alentejo Reguengos de Monsaraz 2008

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    This is quite intensely perfumed with plenty of toasty oak notes. Powerful plum, dried herb and roasted fruit notes handle the oak well and offer up accents of licorice, violets and a hint of chipotle. Nice and fresh on entry, there's not a lot of flesh here and the slightly drying tannins poking out on the mid-palate attest to that. There's ple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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