2004 Adega Cartuxa "Évora" Alentejo

SKU #1045040

Records show that a Foral (royal decree) was bestowed on the city of Evora by King Manuel I in 1501. The Cartuxa winery has combined ancient practices with today’s know how to create this unique wine. This red is a blend of Alicante, Tinta Caiada and Trincadeira, planted in the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida vineyards. When the grapes reach optimum maturation they are carefully picked and brought to the winery where they are fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. The wine is further macerated before maturing for eight months in barrel and ageing for four months in bottle prior to release. Elegant and full bodied with notes of ripe fruit and warm spices, on the palate the wine is concentrated and replete with rounded tannins.

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By: Cindy Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/20/2009  | Send Email
I can't believe how many of my co-workers have "discovered" this wine before me. C'Mon guys - when a wine is this good, please tell me! We had it with a grilled rib-eye steak and Israeli Couscous. I thought it had generous fruit, with balanced structure from both tanin and acidity - and lots of complexity. All for under $20 - excellent!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/19/2009  | Send Email
I was seriously seduced by this Portuguse beauty from the up-and-coming Aletejo region in Portugal, at our last Portugese wine tasting. Aromas of cranberry, earth, tar and spice made for a compelling nose that I couldn't get enough of. The palate showed such an elegant balance of mineral, fruit, acidity, and tannin; though the wine is packed with flavor and earthy spice it is not "big" or overripe at all, but quite restrained, has nice, grippy tannins, and evolves in the glass with air. I suggest trying one now and saving a few for later.
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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/22/2009  | Send Email
Earthy aromas lead into gamey, smokey flavors with notes of cloves and other herbs lying in the background. The wine is tannic and gritty and perfect for a big roasted piece of meat. The wine tastes like what Portuguese wine should, and that can be a rare thing these days.

 By: Timothy Fildes |  Review Date: 1/1/2010 
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Sour, woody and earthy. Tar and rose flavours like a borolo, but with some cherry cola. Tastes a bit like kirsch and barbecue to me. I was disappointed with this wine, but that's not to say that I think it is a poor quality effort. This wine is just not at all made in a style I enjoy. If you are looking for a red to mate with a southern dish of blackened catfish, potatoes, and collared greens, then this may be a good choice for you. Probably also good with ribs.

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Other Red Wines

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
Alcohol Content (%): 14