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quinta do francês – algarve wine tasting notes

2008 Quinta do Francês Odelouca River Valley
Vinho Regional Algarve

A mix of  Trincadeira, Aragonez, Cabernet and Syrah. 14 months of aging in new French Barriques. This sounds like a good combination, and it is. Even if this Algarve red wine does not show an opulent nose or a fat appearance in the mouth, it is a wine of  balance close to perfection.  Fine aromas of toast in the nose, warm and full on the palate, velvet finish. All that is missing is the character. Some crisp tannins or smoky notes of wood in the nose would transform this excellent wine from Odelouca river to an unique Algarve original of international format. Tasted on 13.03.2011, rating ***


herdade dos pimenteis – algarve wine tasting notes

2008 Herdade dos Pimenteis Reserva
Vinho Regional Algarve

This Algarve Reserve is a blend of the two grapes, Aragonez and Touriga Nacional.  It shows medium ruby colour with some violet and red reflexes.  The scent is elegant but deep with defined notes violets and plum. In the mouth the Herdade dos Pimenteis Reserva shows high viscosity and some soft tannins. The aromas are similar to the scent with a slight finish of leather. Because of the high percentage of Aragonez in the blend it reminds me of a good Rioja Baja. This wine offers a lot for the nine Euros it costs, and is even a elegant soloist. Tasted on 12.03.2011, rating ***


paxá | quinta do outeiro – algarve wine tasting notes

2009 Qo Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve

Quinta do Outeiros Algarve red wine uses a new mix of varieties, with bigger parts of Trincadiera and Aragonez (both 30%), 20% of Syrah, 15 % of Alicante Bouschet and some Touriga Nacional. It shows dark ruby colour with brick-red reflexes.  The nose of the Qo Tinto deep with warm aromas of dark cherry, licorice and raspberry. On the palate the Paxá Tinto is elegant, but still with enough volume and some tannin to go as a premium wine. The finish is perfectly balanced, leaving a fresh impression of red fruits and some toast.. The Qo shows a new style at Paxá Wines. Showing more elegance and independent character. Tasted on 08.03.2011, rating ***

2008 Paxá Rosé
Vinho Regional Algarve

Quinta do Outeiros rosé is made from Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet red wine grapes. Clear pink colour, good but not to intensive. First impression is the slight scent of strawberry that continues on the palate. Being neither really fresh nor voluminous the wine is good to go with grilled gambas or on ice as afternoon drink. Very often the red wine producer separates a part of the juice after some hours of maceration to receive a higher skins percentage in the most. The aim is not to produce a tasty rosé but to get a more concentrated red wine, this might be a reason for the weak appearance of this wine. Tasted on 14.06.2010, rating **

2008 Paxá Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve

The red wine of the is made from the same grapes as the rosé, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet. It shows dark ruby colour with violet reflexes.  The scent of the Paxá Tinto is not opulent with hints of coffee and dark fruit. On the palate the Paxá Tinto is of good volume with some crispy tannins. Aromas of cherry with coffee and vanilla notes. Smooth but short finish. The Paxá Tinto is a wine the offers some fun, even if it does show a style of international modern Syrah. Tasted on 16.06.2010, rating ***


adega do cantor – algarve wine tasting notes

2007 Vida Nova Tinto Reserva Quinta do Moinho
Vinho Regional Algarve

This red wine is made from 85% Syrah and 15% Aragonez. It is matured for twelve months in French and American oak barrels, and for six more on the bottle. Compact ruby red with violet reflexes. The nose with some aromas of  coffee and sweet red fruits is elegant, but not very intensive or deep. On the palate there are some a bit more impressive notes of fruit, nearly no toast,  some fine tannins, fine medium length finish. This is a political wine – it stays inside the parameters for a better red wine. What is missing is own character. Tasted on 13.11.2010,  rating: ***


quinta do barranco longo – algarve wine tasting notes

2007 Barranco Longo Alicante Bouschet
Vinho Regional Algarve

Made from 100% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is matured in French and American oak barrels for twelve months. The colour is concentrated violet with a ruby red ring at the glass. In the first minutes after pulling the cork the nose reminds of a good malt whiskey. But only after a few minutes the fruit gets more power resulting in an complex and intensive play of scents. Dark fruit, plum, coconut,  vanilla. tobacco and herbs. On the palate the wine is well balanced with only some tannins, drinky but not demanding. The spread of aromas goes from dark fruit over marzipan to malt whiskey. Diverse and unusual. Long but at this time very tobacco dominated finish. I wish it was more mouth filling, but even now this wine is unique and good to go with a grilled fawn, or lamb chops with thyme.  Tasted on 12.11.2010, rating ****

2005 Barranco Longo Reserva
Vinho Regional Algarve

This Algarve wine is made from Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon. After the fermentation in Lagares the Reserva is matured in French and American oak barrels for twelve months. In the glass the Barranco Longo Reserva shows a dark ruby red colour. The nose is deep and intensive with notes of plum, amarena cherry and hints of vanilla. The taste is elegant but very, deep and complex. Reminding of a good Brunello the Reserva offers soft ripe tannins and good length. After five years of maturing the wine is at the point now, and good for further two or three years. A very good soloist or with a noble filet steak. Tasted on 24.06.2010, rating *****




quinta da vinha – algarve wine tasting notes

2008 Cabrita Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve

The Cabrita is made from Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional and Aragonez. To prevent the grapes from damage the harvest was collected in small boxes.  The wine is aged for eight months in French oak barrels. The scent of the Cabrita is fruity with some hints of spices and vanilla. On the palate the wine is round and harmonious with perfectly integrated wood. Only the finish could be more intensive and longer. Being so soft and balanced the Cabrita is a good choice to enjoy with friends. Not only for a dinner with even white or red meat or fish but also as a nice soloist. Tasted on 11.11.2010, rating ***


quinta joão clara – algarve wine tasting notes

2009 João Clara Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve

The João Clara Tinto is made from Trincadeira, Syrah, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional. The wine is aged in French oak barrels before bottling, which results in an intensive and deep nose of roasted coffee and ripe dark fruit. The color of the wine is deep purple, one of the most concentrated I have seen. On the palate this wine is surprisingly elegant with only some soft tannins, perfectly integrated oak and fine aromas of raspberry and dark fruit. At this moment the João Clara Tinto presents itself young but not fully closed. With some years the fruit may develop to give the wine more harmony between the powerful nose and the appearance in the mouth.  Tasted on 08.11.2010, rating ***


adega cooperativa do algarve – algarve wine tasting notes

2008 Lagoa Reserva Branco
Vinho Regional Algarve

This white wine is made from Siria grapes, one of the typical white grape of the Algarve. Clear golden colour. In the nose there seems to be a hint of citrus at first, but after this small fruity Algarve sunbeam there are aromas reminding of mushroom, mint and some scents of a weak Madeira or Sherry. On the palate there is a estimate of viscosity, but the taste is empty without any fruit and with a surprising strong and isolated acidity, slightly bitter finish. As it is often difficult for a cooperation to find way to combine the interests of the winegrowers, members and the cellar master this wine is a sample for a failed attempt. Fortunately this wine is not representative for today’s Algarve white wines. Tasted on 09.06.2010, rating *


quinta dos correias – algarve wine tasting notes

2007 Fuzeta Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve
The entry wine of the Quinta dos Correias is made from Cabernet-Sauvignon, Castelão and Tinta Roriz, it was matured for eight months in French Barriques. Fruity and ripe Cabernet nose, perfectly integrated toast. On the palate the wine shows opulent but still elegant fruit with hints of licorice, soft tannins. This is fruity companion for your dish of red meat or grilled fish or poultry. The Fuzeta Tinto 2007 won the bronze medal at the Wine Masters Challenge 2009. Tasted on 08.03.2010,  rating: ***

2005 Terras da Luz Reserva Tinto
Tavira DOC
This wine is made from Castelão and Touriga-Nacional grapes, maturation was made in Barriques of French Oak for 15 months. Ruby garnet color with violet reflexes. Deep and vibrant nose of red and black berries and distinct notes of vanilla and toast from the cask. On the palate the wine shows adequate volume and consistently the aromas of the nose, the tannins are still young and crisp, nevertheless the wine is already harmonic with integrated oak aroma and of a good depth.  Nice finish of medium lenght. Even if the wine is not to complex and rural in a positive sense it is a good soloist and accompanies grilled meat, steak or dry sausage or Jamón Ibérico.  Tasted on 08.03.2010, rating ****


quinta dos vales – algarve wine tasting notes

2009 Marquês dos Vales Primeira Selecção Branco
Vinho Regional Algarve
This white wine is made from red Castelâo grapes, by separting the juice from the skins after pressing, to keep the juice white. The fermentation is done in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks during six months. The colour is very pale nearly colorless. In the nose the wine shows defined notes of tropical fruit that remind of chewing gum. On the palate the white wine is able to convince with aromas of pineapple, moderate and harmoniously integrated acidity and therefore round mouth feeling. A pleasant “easy drinking” wine, that may go with fine starters. Tasted on 05.05.2010, rating **

2009 Marquês dos Vales Grace Vineyard Branco
Vinho Regional Algarve
This white wine is made from the best selected Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Siria grapes of the winery. It is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and afterwards matured in french oak Barriques for four months. Light golden is the colour,  not to intensive. Even more intense is the nose of the Grace Branco 2009 with aromas of peach, lychee, tropical fruits, hints of hazelnut and toast. It is not a superficial nose like  a overseas wine, but deep complex and defined.  On the palate the wine offers the same aromas as in the nose with good volume, not to massive, balanced acidity and the perfect dose of wood contributing a long finish with hints of vanilla. This is big wine cinema. It comes from an origin of which we think that it is not a whitewine territory – but sorry it is close to perfection! Algarve can offer delicate whites. Solo, or with grilled shell fish or poultry. Tasted on 06.05.2010, rating: *****

2009 Marquês dos Vales Primeira Selecção Rosé
Vinho Regional Algarve
This rosé is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for six months.  The used grape variety is Castelão. Shining rosé in the glass invites for the first sip. Elegant nose of cassis and strawberries. Fruity on the palate with intensive structure and with the respectable length of  a powerful rosado. Perfect with a half warm octopus salad or grilled chicken, refreshing on the terrace. Tasted on 02.05.2010,  rating: ***

2007 Marquês dos Vales Segunda Edição Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve
This red wine is made from Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet grapes matured in steel tanks, the third grape Castelão is  matured in barrels of French oak for 18 months. The separate vinification of the single grapes is a modern method for high class wines, it makes it possible to manage the taste of the cuvee exactly when combining the single wines before the filling. Light ruby-red with violet and some brown reflexes. Fresh opened the wine is presenting a vivid nose of Amarena-cherry spices and lovage, not very persistent. On the palate the wine offers fine tannins with aromas of cherry followed by caramel, some chocolate and some  toast, round and harmonic. It is a wine that goes good with a dish grilled meat or fish to be enjoyed within the first three to five years. 2009 this wine won the gold medal at the Concours Mondial at Bruxelles. 8,95€ at the winery is a fair price. Tasted on 22.04.2010,  rating: ***

2008 Marquês dos Vales Grace Touriga Nacional Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve
This wine is made from 100% Touriga Nacional red grapes. After the fermentation in stainless steel tanks it was matured for almost 12 month in french Barriques. Quite compact ruby with purple reflexes. Without decanting the wine is very closed. Only after some hours of air it begins to develop a soft perfume of  dark fruits. The structure reminds of a traditional Bordeaux with solid tannins and robust acidity. Good to go with a spicy meat dish – roast kid algarve. Tasted on 02.05.2010,  rating: **

2007 Marquês dos Vales Grace Vineyard Tinto
Vinho Regional Algarve
This red wine is made from Cabernet, Aragonez and Castelâo. It was matured in oak barrels for nearly two years and kept in the bottle for six further months before selling. The colour is deep purple. In the nose the wine shows elegance with very fine aromas of dark fruits and superficial toast. On the palate it is smooth, not to voluminous. For a wine gourmet there is a lack of complexity and depth, but it is a good wine for easy drinking or to go with roast meat. Tasted on 07.05.2010, rating **