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Quinta de Chocapalha Castelão 2014

Castelão, one of Portugal’s most famed and widely planted varieties, is known for its beautiful, fruit character. Quinta de Chocapalha’s interpretation of this varietal is a stunning example. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for 12 months, this Castelão retains its fresh fruit essence long after its 6 month of refinement in bottle.

Quinta de Chocapalha Castelão is a radiant purple in color with an alluring nose of fresh raspberries, ripe cherries and subtle nuances of cocoa. The silky tannins and supple body attribute great balance and elegance to the palate. The perfect pairing for casual barbecue or charcuterie plates.

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Lisbon and the wonderful Quinta Do Chocapalha

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Lisboa is a prolific wine region located at the center of Portugal’s Atlantic coast. Despite being one of the country’s most productive vinicultural areas, its name remains relatively obscure, as its wines have traditionally been labeled with the names of the local sub-regions rather than of  Lisboa itself.  To further complicate matters until recently Lisboa was known as Estremadura. Confused?

We were too! But here is our take on Lisboa wine.  Most wine here is now produced under the VR (Vinho Regional) Lisboa but the area also contains 9 DOC (Listed in the image above).  More than 30 grape varieties are used (Portugal rivals Italy in the diversity of its vine portfolio), the majority for white wine production. But in the past few decades the likes of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot have increasingly been used, as have Portugal’s traditional (and some say superior in this climate) varieties Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz/Aragonez (Tempranillo).

We began importing some very interesting wines from this region last November, from a family run Estate call Quinta Do Chocapalha. Alice and her Husband Paulo bought their estate in the Lisboa Region in the 1980s and made significant investments in its 45ha of vineyard. The introduction of new cultivation methods has allowed the family to consolidate the quality and reputation of their wines. Their daughter Sandra is in charge of the winemaking and is famous in her own right for producing some of the Douro’s best wines (Wine&Soul Winery, which she runs with her winemaking husband Jorge Serôdio Borges and whose wines could be seen very soon on these shores). We started with five of their wines 3 reds and 2 wonderful whites.

  • Quinta De Chocapalha Arinto 2010
  • Quinta De Chocapalha Tinto 2008
  • Quinta De Chocapalha Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Quinta De Chocapalha Reserva 2008
  • CH BY Chocapalha Old Vine Touriga Nacional 2009