W ine World had a “Wines of Portugal & Spain” tasting seminar with Maria Stevens, of Fonseca May 17th. The tasting featured wines from Jose Maria da Fonseca.
    Jose Maria da Fonseca is one of Portugal’s best known and historic wine producers. It has been owned and managed by the Soares Franco family for seven generations. We will taste their lively Vinho Verde, their popular Perquita wines and two reds from the Duoro Valley.  The Spanish wines for the evening include an Albarino (a favorite Spanish white of the Benjamins), a red from Ribera del Duero, and they will compare several levels of the renowned Faustino Riojas, including the Gran Reserva. (Faustino is the largest exporter of Gran Reserva Rioja).

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

e-mail: wineworld@wineworldsc.com.
When: Friday, May 17, 2013, 7pm.
Cost: $15 prepaid. $20 at the door.

Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2012
  2. Serra da Estrele Albarino 2011
  3. Periquita Red Original 2010
  4. Periquita Reserva 2009
  5. Domini Duoro 2005
  6. Domingos Touriga Nacional-Syrah 2009
  7. Ebela Roble 2011
  8. Faustino VII Reserva Rioja
  9. Faustino V Reserva Rioja
  10. Faustino Gran Reserva

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2012
A light, refreshing and crisp white wine with a slight sparkle. Made from a blend of native Portuguese grapes. Vinho Verde comes from northwest Portugal, a lush, green area influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Minho River. The name Vinho Verde means “green wine”, a reference to its youthful character.–From their Website
From: Portugal
Winery: Jose Maria da Fonseca
Year: 2012

Serra da Estrele Albarino 2011
Pale lemon in color with green reflections, this wine has a fragrant aroma of fresh apples, and citrus. The nose has great fruit intensity, mostly of fresh apple and tropical fruits, with white flower notes. The wine is a fuller bodied Albariño, tasting of apricot, pear and honeysuckle.
From: Rioja, Spain
Winery: Adegas Valminor
Year: 2011

Periquita Red Original 2010
Periquita is the oldest table wine to be produced in Portugal and as as being Fonseca’s flagship wine, is also the Portugeuse red with most sales on the world market. A wine with a modern profile, fruity and with balanced tannins, Periquita is the ideal partnner to an informal meal. With a ruby color, the aroma is Raspberries, dry figs, strawberries, violets, minty and green tea. The palate is fruity, balanced fruit / acidity with pleasant soft tannins with integrated oak. It has a medium finish. It is aged 6 months in French and American oak (new and used).–From their Website
From: Portugal
Winery: Jose Maria da Fonseca
Year: 2010

Periquita Reserva 2009
A blend between the true Periquita tradition and a vision for the future. Using indigenous Portuguese grape varieties of Castelao, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, Periquita Reserva has a fruity aroma with notes of sweet fruits, blueberries, cassis and violets and a smooth palate with well integrated tannins.–From their Website
From: Portugal
Winery: Jose Maria da Fonseca
Year: 2009

Domini Duoro 2005
The color is dark ruby with an aroma that is fruity, rock roses, black chocolate, violets, cherries and figs. The palate is fruity with soft tannins and good fruit acidity. The finish is medium. It was aged 3 months in new oak Should be served at a temperature of 14ºC with roasted or grilled red meats and soft cheeses. It can be cellared 6 years after bottling.
From: Portugal

Year: 2005

Domingos Touriga Nacional-Syrah 2009
Dark ruby color. Aromas of mineral, cassis, sweet fruits and violet. The palate is fruity, smooth with soft tannins. Should be decanted and served with game and cheese.
From: Portugal
Winery: Jose Maria da Fonseca
Year: 2009

Ebela Roble 2011
Golden Baco, best oak aged wine in Spain. Ebeia is 100% Tinta Fina del País and stays at least 4 months in American oak barrels. Cherry red colour with purple rims, clean and bright. In the mouth it is fresh and tasty, with pleasant tannins and nice acidity. Balsamic and fruity reminiscence, long aftertaste and mocha hints.–From their Website
From: Ribera del Duero, Spain   
Winery: Bodegas Portia
Year: 2011

Faustino VII Reserva Rioja
The color is lively red, shading to ochre. The aroma has a hint of vanilla and ripe red berry fruit. It is well-balanced, velvety, elegant. 50% Tempranillo; 50% Garnacha. Ten months in oak casks (American oak from Pennsylvania and West Virginia), plus six months in bottle prior to release.–From their Website
From: Spain
Winery: Bodegas Faustino

Faustino V Reserva Rioja
While the Faustino Gran Reserva is pure old-school Rioja, Faustino Reservas have more fruit than the Rioja Reservas of old, befitting an evolving mindset, combining tradition with modernity. The wine opens with vanilla and toast, and moves on to red cherries with strawberries, even red raspberries, and a gentle toasty finish. Drink now or in the next five years.–From their Website
It spent 16 months in white American oak from Missouri.
From: Spain
Winery: Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Gran Reserva
The color is brilliant, medium-to-high depth. Cherry red in the center of the glass witha garnet and tawny rim. The aroma is intense and complex to the nose. Aromas of spcies and new wood (toasty, leather, vanilla and balsam) against a mild alcoholic background. It is well-finished. Powerful, enveloping tannic notes in the mouth that develop into an elegant meatiness and just the right acidity to match any dish.–From their Website
From: Rioja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Faustino

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