Thursday, December 16, 2010

Portugal: Mmmmm (Cortes de Cima)

Other than Port and Vinho Verde I haven't had much success with Portuguese wine and for that reason I have largely avoided Portuguese wine.  Portugal tends to use bizarre grape varieties that are virtually unknown.  The vines in Portugal are often grown in a very different manner than the rest of the world.  Portugal goes against the grain which usually means the wine will not sell.  But despite their tendency to use strange grapes with odd growing techniques it is possible to find Portuguese wine in most liquor stores, which suggests Portuguese wine does sell.  The prevalence should have been enough to convince me that I was overlooking a very tasty country but it didn't, it took a recommendation from a friend.  Portugal I will ignore you no more.

Producer: Cortes De Cima
Wine: Cortes De Cima?  (I can't figure out why the name of the wine is the same as the name of the producer, maybe it's their flagship wine maybe they just like to be confusing)
Region: Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal
Grapes: Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon (see what I mean)
Vintage: 2002
Alc: 14%
Price: $20

Notes: Delicious! Beautiful fruit flavours of black cherry, raspberry, and black currant mixed with leather, pepper, tobacco, tar and some minerality.  Great complexity, long finish with a medium body.  Quite a find, should you happen across it get it cause this wine is Awesome!


  1. We decided to call our flagship wine Cortes de Cima, as this is the name of both the winery, and the vineyards where the grapes are grown. We were trying to make it less confusing....not more! Oh well! The name works well in Portuguese! Glad you enjoyed the wine! :-)

  2. Confusing or not the wine is delicious. Unfortunately I just found out it has been delisted from British Columbia which means it is no longer available here, a terrible shame.