If we discuss Portuguese imports of wine to Canada the Douro leads the pack but over the past few years the wines of Alentejano are catching up.
Let’s try Valcatrina from the Alentejano from well known producer Casa Santos Lima. Unfortunately, the label only states the wine is made from “typical grape varieties”. Hardly helpful for one curious and willing to learn about Portuguese wine.
The wine pours purple. On the nose stuffed like a Christmas bird with blackberry, black cherry with a bit of cherry liqueur. There is a gentle nudge of what I think is older oak. On the palate more black fruit with a certain tartness to it. One might call it juicy counterbalanced by a wide swath of milk chocolate. Low tannins. Straightforward and simple. The cork powder that settled on the wine after the pull is worrisome to one contemplating ageing the wine. A cheap cork on the pull doesn’t auger well for ageing.
For tomato lovers in Ontario we are just about at the end so eat eat and eat them as who can stand hot house tomatoes or Mexican imports. I think this wine suited a late fall pasta sauce made with field tomatoes, red peppers, onions, local sweet garlic with a good dash of red wine.
(Valcatrina Tinto 2020, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Casa Santos Lima, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25249, 750 mL, 14.5%, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).