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SOALHEIRO

Most people know Portugal as a producer of sweet red dessert wines called Port and maybe a few other folks know Portugal produces some really good red wines.  It seems hardly anybody knows Portugal as a source of exceptional white wine.  

People who have visited Portugal on vacation seem to know the simply Vinho Verde wines...and we sell a modest amount of Casal Garcia's because it's well-made, low in alcohol, lightly fizzy and it provides a measure of nostalgia to vacationers who are back home, thousands of miles away from being a tourist.

We first discovered the wine of Soalheiro while visiting Portugal.  A restaurant which was highly-regarded for its fresh seafood had been suggested to us and we reserved a table.  
The wine list featured a number of interesting wines, but we had to order a bottle of Casal Garcia since a friend works for the winery (he's a family member).  The Vinho Verde was 7 Euros on the wine list.

We ordered all sorts of seafood.  And, having drained the Casal Garcia bottle, we asked the waiter if he could suggest something a bit more interesting and still friendly enough to pair with the mass/mess of prawns, barnacles, oysters, etc.

He didn't hesitate and pointed to the Soalheiro entry on their wine list and it was a bit under 20 Euros...and what a delight this turned out to be!
 


Back home we were able to track down Soalheiro...and we thoroughly enjoyed the 2009 and now the 2013 is in stock.  And it's delightful!

The name of the winery and its brand, Soalheiro, is a reference to the sunny locale in the very northernmost point of Portugal.  They're in the town of Melgaço.  Much farther north and you'll need to speak Spanish.


 


In the 1970s João António Cerdeira planted some Alvarinho just outside downtown Melgaço.  He had done his military service in Africa and returned home, working as some sort of tax inspector.  After the 1974 April Revolution, Cerdeira decided to throw caution to the wind and he planted, against the law at the time, Alvarinho.  Scofflaw!

In his early years he'd visited Burgundy and became familiar with the 'foreign' winemaking practices in France.  Today he and his son Luis produce a top Alvarinho and their Soalheiro brand is highly-regarded in Portugal.

The wine comes from mature vines which are now about 35 years of age.  Granite soils.  Hand harvested grapes.  Indigenous yeasts.  No oak.  

The resulting wine is marvelously minerally and yet wonderfully fruity. There's a steely aspect to the wine which might remind you of some Chablis and yet there's a fruit and floral note which might recall a Riesling from Germany, but with a bit more austerity.  

I brought a bottle of this to a dinner in San Francisco of judges at the SF International Wine Competition.  It "wowed" the folks at my table and was refreshingly dry and crisp.  Dining in Sonoma at the famous Portuguese restaurant La Salette, we ordered a bottle of the 2010 to pair with our meal.  Another grand bottle!

Currently in stock:  2013 SOALHEIRO Alvarinho  $24.99

 

 

 


 
 
ESPORÃO

Though the history books have many chapters covering this estate, the most important paragraphs have been written rather recently.

The property is located in Reguengos de Monsaraz, a little more than a hundred miles south of Lisbon in the Alentejo region.  It's a huge estate and quite historical.  It's so big, they have two winemaking facilities, one for red wines and one for white!  The current owners have had the place since 1973 but it's only since 1989 that they've been actively bottling and selling their wines.

Under the guidance of Australian winemaker David Baverstock, this winery has some delightful wines.

We've often found good wines here.
 
 


The 2011 Reserva White is dynamite!
 
It's a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro and, this vintage, Semillon!   Some of the juice is fermented in stainless steel and another portion sees barrel fermentation.  They use both French and American oak and the wood is beautifully integrated into the wine.
There's a stony, minerally character in the 2011 and the oak is just right, adding complexity to the wine.


We had a previous vintage with that bowl of clams & garbanzo beans (on the left)  and this was a great match...the wine overshadowed a top Pecorino (white wine from the Abruzzo region) from Italy at a dinner fest.

The red is a 2010 and it's a blend of Aragonês,   Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet.  This vintage seems to show more dark fruit notes and not as much oak as the wines we'd tasted a few years ago...Ellen is especially pleased with this wine.




Currently in stock:  2010 ESPORÃO Reserva Red $25.99
2011 ESPORÃO Reserva White $19.99



2011 Esporão White...Delicious!

 

 


A barrel cellar at Esporão...Lots of small oak, some American, some French and some Hungarian...


The cellars also have ample storage for bottle aging their wines...

The Reserva wines have a different label each vintage...here's a shot of the first vintage bottles...

The wine was due to hit the market in 2001 or 2002, so they ended up having to change the label following the 9-11 catastrophe.

 

 

 



QUINTA DO CARMO

The Quinta do Carmo property is actually owned by Julio Bastos who makes the Dona Maria wine near the town of Estremoz.  Bastos had sold his share of the property and the owners then built another winemaking facility not far from the Carmo "home base."  

One of the partners in the Quinta do Carmo property were the Rothschilds of Chateau Lafite.  They, too, found the Portuguese wine business to be a daunting challenge and the Rothskids sold the place to the Bacalhoa Group...and it seems the place is in good hands.  Maybe better than before?

The 2007 Quinta do Carmo is quite good. The blend includes Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon...and the wine spent about a year in small French oak cooperage. 

There's a nice dark fruit character here and we like the mildly cedary notes from the oak.  It's showing quite nicely now and we think it's close to its peak.

Pair this with grilled or roasted meats...it can take the place of a bootle of Bordeaux or Cabernet on tonight's dinner table.

 

Currently in stock:  2007 QUINTA DO CARMO  $22.99
 

 

 

 

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