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DNR Vinhos FitaPreta Fita da Fitapreta 2019


Type: Red

Grape Variety: Blend

Country: Portugal

Region: Alentejo

Category: Wine

Pairs with: Smoked Andouille

Good for: Weekday dinner

Grape: Aragonez (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet

I am from: Alentejo, Portugal 

The Story: Fitapreta is António Maçanita’s estate near the ancient Roman city of Evora, located in the rolling hills of Alentejo. Since its inception in 2004, Fitapreta has pushed the boundaries of what fine winemaking can be in the Alentejo, a large region in southeastern central Portugal, which is one of the agricultural centers of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature differences. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of maturity and freshness. Hand-sorted to select the very best fruit in the harvest, this wine is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to stainless steel aging tanks.

Why You'll Love Me: Pours a deep ruby-violet. Look for notes of fresh and roasted red berries on the nose, with lilting notes of toast and spicebox overlaid with fresh eucalyptus. On the palate, this red is lush and ripe, with abundant fresh berries and cherry compote up front. The mid-palate shows the region's characteristic minerality and finishes with a touch of smoke and considerable length.