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Portugal rocks – 2006 Adega da Cartuxa Evora Reserva

We decided to pop open a favourite red from Alentejo, Portugal while watching “How I Met Your Mother”. The wine, of course, far better than the show.

CartuxaThe 2006 Adega da Cartuxa Evora Reserva gangs up on your eye with a nice, dark red colour through which even lasers could not bypass. A superb oak and dark fruit nose offers the sipper an opportunity to sip a classic Alentejo blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Tinta Caiada. Huh? What’s that? Someday, we will know. The wine is elegant, statuesque and exceedingly complex. We have been sipping Portuguese drops for several years, and we like them…a lot. Having said that, we still do not know the varietals well enough to understand fully how good they are. Live ’n learn. Even cooler is the fact the wine takes its name from the Carthusian monks, who since 1598 have lived a life of solitude and prayer in the Monastery of Santa Maria Scala Coeli.

We know they sip well while praying, which is very, very cool!!!

Three Cheers to the Fisher Family

We like this wine family. Their estate is stunning, their staff friendly, IMG_3401the family members we have met are passionate and, well, the concept of “unity”, which is their new label, in a modern day family is, well, inspiring. The little tidbit on their website speaks volumes: “Unity is the result of our entire family working together; as a wine, it demonstrates our continued dedication to quality from one generation to the next.” Stand-up and applaud, folks, this is outstanding family spirit!!!

Of equal importance, they make some top-shelf wines.

We opted for a 2012 Fisher Vineyards Chardonnay Mountain Estate. The objective is to try some young and then sip a bottle each year over the next few years hopefully to enjoy the evolution. Slightly dark, greenish-yellow optics, nice oak (18 months in 40% new French barrels) on the nose along with sweet almonds and citrus, well-balanced but evident, fresh acidity with a powerful and fairly long finish. Très yummy! A winner that has several more years of development when we expect even more oak and perhaps a more mellow, albeit elegant, finish.

Dandy Demetria

We visited this breathtaking property in with our sipping ’n snacking friends from California. Folks, this is a nice part of the world that you should go out of your way to visit.

Of equal importance, if you enjoy sipping, then Demetria is a must for your cellar! Owned by a Greek Born Yank, the 200+ acIMG_8510res are dedicated to Rhone varietals that were only planted starting in 1990. Young vines, but great terroir, and an Oz winemaker dedicated to balance (strange) has produced some stunners!!!

The 2010 Demetria Cuvee Constantine is 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, an obvious Rhone-styled blend from the Santa Ynez Valley, and is a stunning example of terrific terroir, wonderful winemaking and passionate people coming together to produce only 450 cases per year of a simply beautiful drop. The nose is luscious with dark fruits and liquorice. An intense, strong dark chocolate with elegant tannins, this wine is sipping nicely now, but demonstrates great aging potential. Très yummy…

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