Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jose Maria Da Fonseca 2006 Periquita

Periquita is considered the national wine of Portugal. It's a blend of mostly Castelão Frances grapes, which thrives in southern Portugal, plus Trincadeira and Tempranillo. This European gem is from the Terras do Sado region in the southwestern part of the country.

It has been around for more than 150 years, being created by Jose Maria da Fonseca in 1850. This namesake company has become synonomous with this highly regarded wine.

We selected this bottle for an Indian Summer evening around the firepit on the patio. This is a wine with a full bouquet that is rich and spicy but a medium body. The flavors are red berries and cigar box. The tannins are soft and it provides a nicely balanced drink with an enjoyable finish of medium duration.

The firepit crowd loved this wine, especially with some nice chocolate (not too dark). Even the weather conditions were cooperating with us -- no wind to blow the smoke in our eyes.

The Portugese have a good thing going. I picked this wine up at Churchill's for only $12, but it drinks like a wine two or three times the cost. Rated **** of *****.

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