Fitapreta 2018 Tinto, Vinho Regional Alentejano

Fitapreta 2018 Tinto, Vinho Regional Alentejano

Item Number: 13785

UPC: 5-600301740183

Country: Portugal
Region: Alentejo
Sub Region: Alentejo
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 40% Aragonez / 30% Trincadeira / 30% Alicante Bouschet
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Rocky schist
Elevation: 984-1,312 feet
Case Production: 1,700

Terroir Notes: The Alentejo is 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.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are picked by hand and then sorted at the winery, so only the best fruit goes into the wine. Fitapreta Tinto is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to stainless steel aging tanks. About 50% of the wine ages in used French oak for nine months.

Tasting Notes: Fitapreta Tinto is an unadulterated, crystal clear expression of the Alentejo's terroir. Using indigenous grape varieties and minimal interventionist winemaking and viticulture, this wine shows remarkable purity. Fresh and roasted red berry fruit on the nose, with lilting notes of toast and spicebox overlaid with fresh eucalyptus. On the palate, lush and ripe with abundant fresh berries and cherry compote up front. The midpalate shows the minerality and a touch of smoke, with considerable length. Pair this red wine with grilled meats of all kind. Lamb chops, dusted with smoked paprika and pepper before grilling, would be ideal.

Pairing Notes: Grilled meats of all kinds are a lovely pair with the fresh, lush fruit profile. Lamb shoulder chops, dusted with smoked paprika and pepper before grilling, would be ideal.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (8/30/2019)

    The 2018 Tinto also takes advantage of the new old-vines vineyard discussed in the tasting note on the regular Branco. That specifically means more Castelão. This was a tank sample, out of cask and the final blend. It comes in at 14.3% alcohol. This is a very elegant Tinto—unusually so. It shows off more red-fruit nuances than in the past too. However, it is just average in concentration and structure. It tastes great, though, and it is a reasonable value.