Colares Ramisco Red, Adega Viuva Gomes
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Colares Ramisco Red, Adega Viuva Gomes - 2012

Item # 30643 500mL
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Tasting Notes

Colares is a small appellation northwest of Lisbon and one of Portugal's oldest. Planted entirely in sand, the vines growing there are ungrafted, and very, very old. The red grape of Colares is Ramisco, which grows nowhere else in the world. This expression from Viuva Gomes is rare and remarkable.

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Staff Pick Notes

The funky 500ml bottle, an indigenous grape varietal and an unknown wine region all add up to a wine you probably never heard of...But you should have. From ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines planted in sandy soil near Atlantic Ocean north of Lisbon. Colares was the second certified wine region in Portugal but now is mostly forgotten for the better known Douro and Dão. Romisco is the grape which I found to be akin to Cabernet Franc from Loire or Mencia from Spain. Light in body but complex and textural with firm( but not big ) tannins and a bright acidity. Berried fruit on the nose give way to some spice and earth on the palate. The proximity of the vineyards to the ocean gives this wine a briney quality that would make it a great red wine to pair with seafood.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


The Dão and the Douro are the most important regions as far as red Portuguese table wine is concerned. Douro wines tend to be a bit fuller and fleshier than their Dão counterparts, which are generally lighter and higher in acidity. Reds from both regions are dense, rustic, and well-balanced. They also show their terroir quite clearly, and represent a great alternative to the modern fruit-driven...

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