Pinot Noir? From Portugal?
With so many of its own grape varieties to focus on, you’d think Portugal has little to gain from trying to make Pinot Noir. But why not? If the climate and soils are there for making serious Pinot, it’s worth a go. Pinot rocks, after all. It’s especially worth a go if you are from the Lisboa region, which doesn’t have the cachet of some of the other regions, and consequently makes it difficult for producers to get noticed, even if they have great terroirs.
I have written about the previous vintage of this wine here. The 2011 is even better.
Quinta de Sant’Ana Pinot Noir 2011 Portugal
14% alcohol. 4900 bottles made. Lifted nose with aromatic herbs, spices and black cherries, as well as a hint of cedar and some tobacco notes. The palate is supple and elegant with ripe black cherries, herbs, tobacco and spice. The warm herbal spiciness works very well with the supple black cherry fruit. Just a little volatile acidity, but it adds nicely to the overall impression. An autumnal Pinot that works so well. 92/100
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