2009 Eladio Pineiro La Coartada Alentejo

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2009 Eladio Pineiro La Coartada Alentejo

La Coartada means your alibi.

Grapes: 80% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 15% Alicante Bouschet (cross of garnacha and petit bouschet), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards average age 25 years in espalier, biodynamic located in Estremoz, North-Central Alentejo 

Aging: Long aging for 48 months in new barrels with further maturing in stainless steel casks for 36 months. No clarification or filtering at bottling. After that, 6 more months bottle aging

Taste: Ample and gentle in the mouth, reveals complexity with hints of roast and minerals but also underwood and ink.  Complex, round, edgeless despite the tannic strength.  Long aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Color: Cherry colored, purple sparkle, abundant leg, medium layer.

One of the founders of large scale Albariño production in Spain with Mar de Frades in 1983, he left it all behind  when his wife fell ill in 2003, selling the winery and keeping only a few prized vineyards. Now he dedicates himself to making artisanal hand-crafted Albariño (also hand-bottled and hand labeled….you get the drift) in the prime vineyard area of the Salnés Valley.

Additionally, and most unusually, they make red wine in Portugal’s Alentejo, where they have a second home. His (fully recovered) wife Carmen designs the whimsical labels, he commissioned the unique and patented bottle shapes, everything is bio-dynamic except a few parcels in transition, and the wines are as original as they sound.  Don’t miss them, but don’t wait either—total production is only about 5,000 cases.

Talking About the Wine: 

-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Apr '17 gave 90 points to 2007 La Coartada and named it one of 'The Year's Best Portuguese Reds'. "At first, this tastes fully mature, with the sweet mushrooms notes of an old Rioja. Later, as it opens, it gains a foresty coolness, the silken texture yielding notes of pomegranate, rose and dried flowers. Decant it to serve with roast game birds stuffed with wild mushroom."