On the Road with the Grape Guy

Wines of Lisbon (Lisboa) Portugal – Day 3 & 4

14 Feb 2018

Throughout our visit of producers both large and small, we saw everything from Syrah to Castelao; learned about sparkling wines that rival some of the best outside (and sacrilegiously) inside Champagne; found Port-style whites aged 7 and 15 years in oak, learned of a unique grapes grown only in the town of Oeires – and tasted some under $15 wines (available in Ontario) that you should run right out and buy … like now.

All part of day 3 & 4 of the wines of Lisboa jaunt … below are the wines that suitably impressed which in some instances are worth seeking out:

To read further insights see day 1 & 2

Casa Santos Lima …
established at the end of the 19th century as bulk producer, now in its 5th generation under family ownership, still mainly as exporters (90%) to 55 countries including Canada, which ranks in their top 5 of exported to countries.
2015 Bon Ventos (****)
2014 Confidencial Reserva (****)
2015 OMG (****+)
2015 Colossal (****)
2013 Reserva (****)
Special Mention:  2015 Passion (*** ½+) and 2015 Lab (*** ½)

Quinta de S. Sebastiao …
property established in 1755 and here the monastery began making wine; bought by current owner in 1985 and produced their first wines to sell in 2006; it’s a 35 acre farm of which only 10 is planted.
2014 Reserva, red (****)
2012 Grand Escolha, Touriga Nacional (****+)

Quinta de Sant’Ana …
Interesting storied family history that dates back to 1969; started seriously making wine at the property in 2004/2005.
2013 Reserva (****)

Manzwine …
based in the historic 600 year old town of Cheleiros, owned by Brazillian soccer pro Andre Manz – self-described philosophy: “I make wine for myself, my friends and then to sell.”
2015 Penedo de Lexim (****)
2013 Reserva – Pomer do Espirito Santo (****)

Camara Municipal de Oeires …
part of the Carcavelos DOC where they make Port-like (style) white dessert wines from indigenous grapes: Arinto, Galego Dourado and Ratinho.
Villa Oeires 7 year old (****)
Villa Oeiras 2004 Colheita (****+)


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