Fitapreta 2019 Tinto, Vinho Regional Alentejano

Fitapreta 2019 Tinto, Vinho Regional Alentejano

Item Number: 16524

UPC: 5-600301740183

Country: Portugal
Region: Alentejo
Sub Region: Alentejo
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 40% Aragonez / 30% Alicante Bouschet / 20% Trincadeira / 10% Castelão
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

Terroir Notes: 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 manually harvested 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: 90 (10/14/2021)

    The 2019 Tinto is a blend of 40% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Trincadeira and the rest Castelão, all aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of stainless steel and used French oak. It comes in at a fairly hefty 15% alcohol this year, but the wine handles that surprisingly well. As I've said with certain other labels, the stainless steel probably helps avoid jamminess here. Fresh and even a little silky, this is a gorgeously textured regular Tinto that caresses the palate with velvet. There's average depth in terms of mouthfeel, and the tannins are ripe enough to make this easy to drink now.

    Overall, this is a very nice bargain in the lineup. It may not age quite as well as some others and it may not be quite as intriguing as some of the newer labels, but it has nuance on the flavor profile and the same elegance we are finding elsewhere in the lineup these days for way less money. Bargain hunters take note. If there's a key difference, I would say it is a bit more fruit forward and flavorful than some of the others. Some consumers will consider that an advantage, to be sure. It's ready to drink, but it should hold for most of the decade, more or less. It's not clear, though, if extended aging will produce many great rewards. It is still worth leaning up on this today.