- 2001 Pinhal da Torre Vinho Regional Ribatejano Ancestral - Portugal, Ribatejano, Vinho Regional Ribatejano (3/23/2006)
Dark. Red berry scented, sweet but not jammy, earthy, a touch oaky but not overdone, screams Portugal at you. The palate is big but very savoury, fine fruit, fine earthyness, highish tannins and lots of almost Musar-like acidity. Smashing stuff! Not at all spoofulated like their Syrah and Touriga-Syrah.
- 2004 Quinta do Alqueve (Pinhal da Torre) Vinho Regional Ribatejano Fernão Pires - Portugal, Ribatejano, Vinho Regional Ribatejano (3/23/2006)
A rather deep yellow. The nose is rather strange: salt/sea breeze, pine kernels, lots of minerals, white flowers and unripe mango. The palate has sweeter fruit than evident from the nose, with lovely ripe and almost juicy acidity, lots of minerals and a touch of salt. Great stuff and not at all like Retsina despite the whiff of pine kernel. (Unoaked, gladly.)
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