Given the fact that I don’t come across many Portuguese wines, I was glad for the opportunity to taste these. I was glad, and also slightly challenged. One of the things that makes these wines fascinating is that they are produced using grape varieties that are unique to Portugal. But that also puts me in a position where I’m reviewing wines made with varieties I’m unfamiliar with. An vital factor I kept in mind when evaluating these wines is that stylistically,
Both of these wines come from the Alentejo province of Portugal. This is a province in the south of Portugal with a Mediterranean climate and over 22,000 hectares of vineyards.
Finisterra Vinho Branco
This is a colorless blend made with grapes I’ve never heard of, much less tasted. These include Antão Vaz, Síria, Rabo de Ovelha and Perrum. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and hasn’t seen any oak.
This wine has a pleasant nose, with aromas of honeydew melon, lime, mild stone fruits and a touch of mineral. Based on the nose I thought this would be a pretty nice wine. But it didn’t quite carry through on the palate. It does have excellent flavors of melon, apple and citrus, but it’s a bit flabby. That is to say it lacks
Wine: Finisterra Vinho Branco
Variety: Colorless Blend
Finisterra Vinho Tinto
This one is a red blend, and again has some grape varieties that may be new to you, including Aragonez, Castelão and Trincadeira. Like the colorless blend, this was fermented in stainless steel.
This wine is an ancient world style wine, and as such isn’t necessarily a wine for everyone. It’s very different from the inexpensive, fruit-forward wines many people drink. The nose doesn’t have much intensity and is rather earthy, with aromas of chocolate, sage, tree bark and a
Again, similar to the colorless wine I reckon this one is worth checking out for the adventure. But be prepared for something different from your predictable cheap juice. Keep an open mind and you may find that you like it.
Wine: Finisterra Vinho Tinto
Variety: Red Blend
Disclosure: These wines were received as a sample.
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