“From J Portugal Ramos comes a 100-percent Loureiro varietal wine named for the Lima River. The wine is a real showcasing of one of the region’s great grapes, and the winemaker has forgone the addition of effervescence in an effort to really place an emphasis on the aromatics and the full-bodied nature of the grape. The Lima offers rich aromatics of lemon zest, white flowers and wet stone. The flavor profile remains in the citrus realm: super-fresh flavors with soaring acidity and a great price.”
J Portugal Ramos - Peloton
Vila Santa Loios Vinho Red
“Named for the Loios monks, an ancient order of followers of St. John the Evangelist, this wine is a blend of regional grapes Aragonês, Trincadeira and Castelão. Aragonês is simply a regional name for the Spanish grape Tempranillo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel as opposed to barrel, and that lack of oak influence preserves and highlights a bright fruit-forward character. Savory aromatics of dried figs, clove and herbs. The palate is loaded with dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberries, black plums and ample tannin. The wine opens up nicely over a couple of hours and offers incredible value for the price.
“From an estate property dating back to the 12th century, this tinto is comprised of a regional grape Baga and a little bit of the classic Portuguese variety, Touriga Nacional. Fermented in stainless steel with a short stint in oak, the predominant Baga produces a fantastic wine that is sophisticated, structured and loaded with fresh fruit and bright acidity. Reminiscent of a weightier Barbera or Dolcetto from Italy’s Piemonte region.”