So Many Wines….So Little Time

By March 12, 2014Winemakers

Our third day in Brazil and I am running out of space in my 12 bottle wine shipper. This is the best testimony I can offer as to the quality of Brazilian wines. The experiences we’ve have were truly outstanding. Brazil deserves to be in the ranks of world class wine producing regions.

Our day started at the largest privately owned winery in Bento: Miolo. A huge facility with state of the art equipment and reception areas. And we tasted all their top wines: Giuseppe Miolo Chardonnay 2012 barrel fermented with 1 year bottle aging; Vinho Quinto do Serval Castes Portugues 2011, a blend of touriga nacional and touriga roriz with 1 year oak aging and 1 year bottle aging; Vinho Lote 43 2011, a merlot(60%) and Cab (40%) blend from the original vineyard established 100 years ago; Almaden Vinho Vinhas Velhas Tannat 2012, fermented in oak with 1 year bottle aging; Millesime 2011, a delicious sparkler with 50/50 pinot noir/chardonnay.

On our way to lunch we stopped at a small winery, Barcarola, producing a scant 100,000 bottles. I spoke in Italian with Cesare who explained the family’s origins from Veneto and then we proceeded to a tasting of lagrein, teroldego,cabernet, tannat, merlot, chardonnay, and a sparkling brut.

Lunch was at the spectacular Casa Valduga, the largest family owned winery in Brazil. With our lunch we had  a crisp California style sauvignon blanc, and merlot.After lunch we had a tour of the castle-like winery, again with state of the art equipment.We tasted pinot noir, cabernet, Chardonnay-riesling italico blend, prosecco and a sparkling moscatel that our guide opened for us with a sabre- pretty dramatic!

We ended the day at a superb boutique winery, Lidio Carraro. Patricia Carraro led us through a dazzling array of wines: from their Faces line (official World Cup wine) a white blend of chardonnay, moscato and riesling italico; rosé; and a red blend of 11 grapes!; from their Dadivas line(Dadivas meaning celebrate the gifts of life) Chardonnay 2013- no oak;  chosen as the Best White Wine of Brazil; a pinot noir 2012; Agnus 2011 merlot; Agnus 2011 Cabernet; Elos (meaning ‘to link’ in Portugues)a blend of malbec and cabernet(80%); Elos Tannat/Touriga nacional (77%); and ending with the Lidio Carraro Gran Vendemia 2006 merlot

Wow! I lost track of how many wines. And we just scratched the surface. More wines coming tomorrow.

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