Portugal Table

Antonio Madeira 2016 Dão Tinto

This is a fantastic field blend from Antonio Madeira in the Serra da Estrela sub-region in the Dão. Primarily Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional, with several other indigenous varieties that are co-planted on rugged granitic soils. Aging is for 18 months, in old French barrels and 3 months in stainless steel before bottling. The wine is vibrant and balanced, and very easy to drink while offering notable complexity and mineral length.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Aphros 2017 Phaunus Palhete (Loureiro & Vinhao blend)

Palhete is the local name for a wine that is made in a farmer's style, by blending red and white grapes to create a low-alcohol wine to drink during the day. As founder Vasco Croft explained to me, there was no soda or beer back in medieval times, and water was not reliable, so the Palhete wines provided the only trustworthy hydration at the time. This particular blend is 80% Loureiro and 20% Vinhão. Alcohol is 12%, admittedly not as low as the medieval version (these were usually between 4-6% alc.), but extremely drinkable nonetheless! Drink chilled. Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cozs (Antonio Marquez e Tiago Teles) 2017 Bairrada Vital Blanco

100% Vital, an indigenous Portuguese grape variety,  from 50 year old vines on limestone soils in the Serra de Montejunto outside Lisbon. Directly after harvest the grapes were exposed to the skins for one day, then pressed and fermented in stainless steel.  This wine shows gentle white flowers on the nose with a palate of  pear and citrus before a delicately saline finish. Pair with 'Gambas al Ajillo' (shrimp fried with garlic), other well flavored shellfish dishes, or soft cheeses. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $7.99

Filipa Pato NV Bairrada Brut Rose "3B"

Bairrada, with its cooler maritime climate, has a long history of producing fresh and distinctive sparkling wines of quality from the native grapes of the region. Filipa Pato admirably keeps the tradition alive with her delicious and unpretentious brut rosé made from a blend of Bairrada’s signature noble red variety Baga and the tangy high acid white grape, Bical. Spicy and zesty with notes of bright citrus and red berries, this is a great (and affordable!) pairing for baked fish with paprika and Iberian olive oil or smoked fish brunch.

  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Folias de Baco 2018 Vinho Tinto Uivo Renegado

Tiago Sampaio’s lovely, luminously pale red is actually a field blend of a staggering number of red and white indigenous varieties  including Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Fianca, Mourisco, Tinta Roriz, Gouveio, Rabigatao, Donzelinho Branco, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho, among others, grown in granite and schist soils at 600 meters of altitude. Low in alcohol with an ethereal texture reminiscent of summer rainwater, notes of tart, juicy pomegranate, delicately perfumed rose petals and a lively dash of cayenne pepper combine in this easy-drinking yet beguiling wine of the Alto Douro.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $8.99

Maria Joao Pato (Duckman) 2017 Bairrada Vinho Branco

This is a really interesting and simultaneosly very drinkable white from Maria Joao Pato aka Duckman! 100% Bical, from young vines on sandy soils. There's a short maceration on the skins, but not to arrive at an orange wine, but more for some texture and grip. Fermentation is in oak and stainless steel, and aging is in  French oak for about 6 months before bottling. We're definitely happy to have this white in our Portugese roster, and have received some great feedback already about Maria Joao's wines, which are new to the US.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99