Wednesday, October 10, 2007

WBW #38: 2001 Periquita Classico

I have to admit that I rarely drink Portugese wines, except during one memorable summer vacation that I spent in Alentejo near the historic city of Evora. But this was many years ago and at the time, I don't remember being particularly impressed by the local wines. Now, Portuguese viticulture has made dramatic advances since that summer and it was time to try a Portuguese wine again.

So thanks to Ryan and Gabriella at Catavino for hosting the 38 edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday and choosing the theme of Portuguese table wines. Here I am: ready to open a bottle of 2001 José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Classico.

The José Maria da Fonseca estate is located not far from Lisbon on the Setúbal peninsula. It is actually the oldest producer of table wines in Portugal and has been making wines for almost 200 years. The Periquita brand was created in 1850 by José Maria da Fonseca himself. The dominant grape of the blend is Castelão, a indigenous variety planted all over southern Portugal that thrives in the sandy soils of the region.

Periquita Classico is a Special Reserve bottling that is made only in exceptional vintages. It is 100% Castelão from a 25-acre estate vineyard in the Terras do Sado appellation, composed primarily of sand and clay-lime components . The wine has a deep garnet color. The nose is assertive, warm, and spicy. The palate is full, rich, with sweet fruit flavors. Highly Recommended, especially for the price!

Previous WBW posts:
•  WBW #37: Hello Teroldego!
•  WBW #34: 2002 Stella Maris Red Columbia Valley
•  WBW #33: the 2004 Clot de L'Oum Compagnie des Papillons, a superb value wine from the Midi

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RougeAndBlanc said...

Good writeup.
Janice Robinson recommended this wine also. Glad to see someone drank this for WBW.
As a matter of fact, this is a wine highly recommended for cellaring for up to 10 years.

Anonymous said...

Dear Catherine,

I just want to state that - unfortunately and unjustly - Portuguese table wines are highly underrated. Nevertheless, some attention is beginning to arrive if you see the latest Wine Spectator Top100.

Try some more of them, since the "rapport" between prince and quality in unbeatable in the old-world wines arena. ;)

Best Regards,

Catherine Granger said...

I would also add that they're very food friendly!

Marcus said...


Are you referring to Jancis's recent recommendation in her wines of the week? I believe that was the more everyday Periquita cuvee rather than this Classico. This one is almost three times the price!