Look to Lisboa for Value
Lisbon, called Lisboa in Portuguese, is one of the classic capital cities of Europe. It also lends its name to the wine growing region north of the city. The area is characterized by dramatic vineyard covered hillsides that vary in altitude from 70 to 450 meters above sea level. The San Sebastiao estate winery is located in the quaint town of Arruda in what locals call the “Enchanted Valley.” The soils are mainly clay-limestone based with a micro climate that is Mediterranean with light Atlantic breezes moderating the otherwise hot summer temperatures. A red blend of Syrah and local Tinta Roriz grapes, fermentation takes place only in stainless steel tanks. It is very fresh with the essence of grape and notes of plum and black fruits coming through loud and clear, not masked by any wood notes that come from barrel aging. At $12.95, the value is exceptional. In addition, it received the Gold Medal and Berliner Wine Competition Trophy. Serve with pasta dishes, light to medium strength cheeses, or your favourite meat dish.
2019 San Sebastiao Lisboa Tinta Roriz Syrah #632869, $12.95.