Region / Sub-Region: Portugal, Alentejo D.O.C.
Grapes: 80% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 15% Alicante Bouschet (cross of Garnacha and Petit Bouschet), and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards average age 25 years old.
Soil: Metamorphic Clay and Limestone.
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic.
Aging: Long aging for 48 months in new barrels with further maturing in stainless steel casks for 36 months. No clarification or filtering applied at bottling. Then 6 more months of bottle aging before being released.
Nose: Dried red fruits, blood orange, potting soil, leather.
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.
Gastronomy: Duck, roasted suckling pig, fatty tuna, goat cheese.
La Coartada means “your alibi”, when your alibi is the soils, the vines and your terroir.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine Spectator, July ’17 gave 91 points to 2007 La Coartada. “This savory red displays dried cherry, tea and leather notes, bound together by vibrant orange peel acidity, and mushroom undertones. Graceful, with a supple texture.”
-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."
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Apr '17 gave 90 points to 2007 La Coartada Gran Reserva. "... Upon awakening there are deep aromas of wild strawberry, rhubarb, sour red cherry, black plums, and roasted dates. The wine has rich flavors of black tea, rose petals, cranberry, Yakima cherry, and suggestions of nutmeg and orange rind. The citrus component to this wine contributes to the balance."