Featured Wines for November – EA Branco & EA Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal

This month we return to one of my favorite wine countries, Portugal, specifically the Alentejo wine region. This region is located in Portugal’s south central and eastern part of the country, bordering Spain, and covering more than 30% of the country. The area was initially known for cork production before the European Union in the 1980’s provided funding to Alentejo wine cooperatives to produce high-quality wines. This financial boost has now created the largest wine producing region in Portugal. There are 8 subregions. This month’s wines are from Evora, a lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been shaped by 20 centuries of history of occupation by the Celts, Romans and Moors. Having withstood a 1755 eathquake that destroyed many towns in Portugal, today Alentejo is an architectural gem with many architectural elements of those who controlled the region through a long history – particularly religious history. The November wines are produced by Cartuxa Winery. The family behind this winery has an amaging history and mission. To read about of the family and the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, the owner of the winery, go to their website. This is a remarkable story.

Now the wines Р2022 EA Branco and 2020 EA Tinto. As with most Portugese wines, both are blends of indigenious varietals only produced in Portugal. The white varietals are Anṭo Vaz + Arinto + Roupeiro. The red varietals are Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah which we have tasted in previouslly offered Portugese wines. With both wines priced at $15, you will find them easy to drink and drinkable now. And, of course, the bottles are corked!

2022 EA Branco, Alentejo, Portugal $15

This blend is clear, brilliant straw to golden yellow color. Mid-intense aromas of white and yellow fruits and flowers, notes of melon, pear, green apple, minerals. Medium-bodied with nice, fresh acidity and alcohol. The finish is lively, smooth, a bit dry and persistent. Perfect pairing: pasta filled with Brie cheese Alcohol: 13.5%

2020 EA Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal $15

This wine has floral fragrances such as nutmeg, cherry, plum and rose. The palate brings a silky mouthfeel with ripe fruit and spice flavors such as cherry, plum, red raspberry, white pepper and baking spices. Vibrant acidity adds a brightness to the fruit. Medium-bodied makes it very food friendly. A great pairing with poultry or lean pork. Alcohol: 14%