Itís hard to say why Portuguese wine havenít caught fire the way some others--wines from Argentina, for
example--have gained traction with wine-loving consumers relatively recently. Portuguese reds in particular are
hearty, full of character and easy to pair with food. Take this wine, from 16th-century vineyards nestled in the hills
near Lisbon. Made from 100% Castel„o it has complex flavors and aromas of ripe cherries, flowers, spice and
chocolate. Its rich character is balanced by fresh acidity. Itís
fermented in traditional granite lagers and stainless
steel tanks, then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Supple, deeply flavored and with fine balance, the
Quinta de Chocapalha is a great value. Let other people buy the trendy, mass-produced wines. Try something
more distinctive and pair it with grilled food (beef, tuna or chicken), pizza or a hunk of Portuguese cheese with
chorizo or linguica.
|Wine maker notes
|Castelao, one of Portugal’s most famed and widelyplanted varieties, is known for its beautiful, fruit character. Quinta de Chocapalha’s interpretation of this varietal is a stunning example. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for 12 months, this Castelao retains its fresh fruit essence long after its 6 month of refinement in bottle.
|The perfect pairing for casual barbecue or charcuterie plates.
|Originally acquired in the 1980’s, the 110 acres of nearly abandoned vineyards discovered on the estate dated back to the 16th century; the family immediately embarked on an investment program to replant and regraft the vines with the thriving varietals of the area, both indigenous and international. In 2000, the new plantings had reached optimal maturity when Sandra Tavares, the youngest daughter made her first debut as a winemaker, passionate and eager to produce wine with only the best grapes found on the estate.