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Vinho Tinto Eternal Wine Book

The Eternal Winebook

This is my personal version of an eternal Book of Portuguese Wines. The book is eternal in the way that it never stays the same. Now and then new pages are added, or the old pages are rewritten, updated or corrected.

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© 2016-2017 Vinho Tinto Eternal Wine Book

Terras de Lava Tinto

Wines from Azores Posted on Thu, September 15, 2016 16:35:07

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Type: Red wine.

Year: 2011.

Producer: Cooperativa Vitivinícola da Ilha do Pico.

Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Saborinho, Syrah.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Classification: Açores V.R.

Shop: Small grocery store without name in Ponta Delgada (More shops).

Price: € 3.99 (0.375 l).

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

One often reads that the top Azorean wines are found among the white wines, but even if there are only few reds, I have already enjoyed some which are really good. This is one of them. There are not many red native grapes on the Azores, so here three French grapes and one from the mainland Portugal has been used. The Azorean grape, Saborinho is known as Negra Mole on the mainland.

It’s a dark red wine with scents of red berries and a hint of chocolate. The taste is fruity, medium bodied, with some acid and tannin. In the aftertaste there is little oak. It went well with a stew made of pork meat cubes, with carrots, leeks and potatoes. It was also fine without food.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Terras de Lava Branca

Wines from Azores Posted on Wed, September 14, 2016 14:52:16

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Type of wine: White wine.

Year: 2011.

Producer: Cooperativa Vitivinícola da Ilha do Pico.

Grapes: Fernão Pires, Generosa, Arinto dos Açores, Seara Nova, Rio Grande.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Classification: Açores V.R.

Shop: Pastelaria Lusa, Horta. (More shops).

Price: € 6.00 (0.375 l).

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

This wine is called Terras de Lava (Lava regions), and was produced on the island of Pico, where Portugals highest point – a volcano – is located. The volcano is pictured on the wine label. The cooperative winery is located in Madalena near the historic vineyards listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Of the five grapes used in this wine, only Fernão Pires is known from the mainland, the others are grown almost exclusively on the island of Pico.

The wine has a distinct yellow color, a light fragrance, good fruit and some acid. The wine went well with an omelet with ham and cheese and also to sautéed squid (Lula salteadas) with boiled potatoes, which we had for supper while we watched the sun go down over Pico.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Terrantez do Pico by António Maçanita

Wines from Azores Posted on Sun, September 11, 2016 09:48:06

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Type of wine: White wine.

Year: 2013.

Producer: Fita Preta Vinhos.

Grapes: Terrantez do Pico.

Alcohol: 13%

Classification: Açores V.R.

Shop: Anfiteatro Bistro, Ponta Delgada. (More shops).

Price: € 55.00.

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

I did not expect to ever taste this rare wine. It was produced from the nearly extinct grape Terrantez do Pico. Dedicated people on the Azores collected Terrantez do Pico cuttings which were grafted on vines on the island of São Miguel. Grapes were harvested for the first time in 2010. I had a wine made from grapes from 2013, when only 646 bottles were produced. My bottle was number 67.

The wine is very yellow with an orange tinge. It has a light scent of sweet apricot and a rich fruity flavor, some acid and a little oak in the aftertaste. It is a wine that is finely tuned and almost subtle in flavor. The wine matched our burgers very well and was also fine as an aperitif.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Quinta da Jardinete Chardonnay

Wines from Azores Posted on Fri, September 09, 2016 18:35:22

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Wine type: White Wine

Year: 2013.

Producer: Topic & Rebelo, Soc.Agrícola, Lda.

Grapes: Chardonnay.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Classification: Açores V.R.

Shop: Duty Free Store, Aeroporto Ponta Delgada. (More shops).

Price: € 8.90.

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

This is one of the modern wines from São Miguel, and it was produced from the famous French grape. The same winery also produces a white wine from the French Sauvignon Blanc and the Portuguese Fernão Pires.

The wine is light yellow and has a sweet scent candy. The wine is full-bodied and with some acid and a gooseberry flavor. The wine was fine on its own, and also fine with smoked salmon.

This wine was purchased in the Azores June 2015.

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Magma

Wines from Azores Posted on Tue, September 06, 2016 19:03:40

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Type of wine: White wine.

Year: 2013.

Producer: Adega Cooperativa dos Biscoitos.

Grapes: Mainly Verdelho.

Alcohol: 13%

Classification: Biscoitos DO

Shop: Armazém Carlos & Costa, Angra do Heroismo. (More shops).

Price: € 8.65.

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

This wine is from the legendary Biscoitos area on the island of Terceira. Azores is of volcanic origin, and many of the wines there have names that refer to the volcanoes. This wine is called Magma, which is the name of the liquid rock material found deep below the volcano. When the magma explodes out of the volcano, it is called lava.

The wine is mainly made from the also legendary Verdelho grape. The wine is bright yellow and has an intense aroma of ripe fruit. The taste is fruity and tasteful. It’s a full-bodied wine with some acid. The wine went well with sandwiches and fruit.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Frei Gigante Superior

Wines from Azores Posted on Mon, September 05, 2016 19:41:48

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Type of wine: White wine.

Year: 2013.

Producer: Cooperativa Vitivinícola da Ilha do Pico.

Grapes: Arinto dos Açores, Verdelho, Terrantez do Pico.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Classification: Pico DO

Shop: Restaurante Mercado do Peixe, Ponta Delgada. (More shops).

Price: € 7.50 (0,375l)

Rating in Martins: 15 of 20 (2015 edition).

This wine is named after a historical figure, a monk named Pedro Gigante, who in the late 1500s is believed to be the first person who cultivated vine on the island of Pico. This was the first Azorean that I tasted, and it is made from three grapes – Arinto dos Açores, Verdelho and Terrantez do Pico – originating from the islands, which Frei Gigante reportedly cultivated. Terrantez do Pico has just been saved from disappearing altogether.

The wine is yellow and has scents of flowers and apples. The taste is strong, fruity and with some acid, and went well with the Azorean dish that I had ordered: lapas grelhadas. I always thought that Lapa is a kind of clam with only one shell, but it turns out that it actually is a sea snail with a very flat shell. Fried on a grill pan they are fantastic.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Donatário

Wines from Azores Posted on Sat, September 03, 2016 09:17:38

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Type of wine: White wine

Year: Without year.

Producer: Casa Agrícola Brum Ldª.

Grapes: Verdelho.

Alcohol: 13%

Classification: Vinho de Mesa.

Shop: Armazém Carlos & Costa, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira. (More shops).

Price: € 7.45.

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

Another wine from Casa Agrícola Brum Ldª. The Verdelho vines grow in Biscoitos on the north side of the island of Terceira. This wine is a little less odd in flavor than the “Da Resistência” from the same house that I tasted the other day.

The wine is bright yellow with a slight greenish tinge, and has a faint aroma of pears. The taste is rich with some acid and a little oak. The wine was fine with a prawn sandwich with eggs and mayonnaise. It was also fine on its own.

On the label you see a glass filled with lava rocks. Donatário owes its name to the time of Portugal’s colonial expansion. A “Donatário” is a person who received land from the Portuguese king. Today, one might use words as vassal or governor.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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Da Resistência

Wines from Azores Posted on Fri, September 02, 2016 08:20:26

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Type of wine: White wine.

Year: Without year.

Producer: Casa Agrícola Brum Ldª.

Grapes: Verdelho.

Alcohol: 13%

Classification: Vinho de Mesa.

Shop: Armazém Carlos & Costa, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira. (See more shops).

Price: € 7.45.

Rating in Martins: Not rated.

The wine comes from the small Biscoitos region, located on the north side of the island of Terceira. It was produced by Casa Agrícola Brum, who has been owned by the Brums family for five generations. 1,000 bottles of this wine are produced per year.

The wine is intensely yellow, and there is little soil in the scent. The wine tastes quite odd. It is a fairly full-bodied wine with a little wood (not oak) in the flavor. There is a little bitterness in the finish. It went fine with bread, tomato and cheese. On its own or with fried fish I think the taste was too odd.

Da Resistência literally means “of / from the resistance” or “resistant” and the wine is called so because this type of wine has been produced on Terceira with the same grape for more than 400 years. At the same time, according to the text on the label the wine is a symbol of the resistance against “rampant and unnecessary urbanization”.

I tasted this wine on a trip to the Azores June 2015.

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