Fitapreta Baga Ao Sol Alentejano 2018
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Alentejano is a fragmented wine area in the southeastern part of Portugal. Generally, this rustic area of rolling hills lies due east of Lisbon and runs along the Spanish border. Joana’s brother, Antonio Maçanita, makes his own wine here. He is curious and exploratory in his winemaking, striving to create something that is both classic and completely new. Baga ao Sol exemplifies this intellectual approach toward winemaking. Antonio transforms the coastal grape Baga, known as the “Portuguese Nebbiolo,” from tannic and bracingly acid to approachable, ripe, and generous –all while still being unmistakably Baga. The flavor profile is stunning for wine geeks and novices alike. Youthful floral and red berry aromas and flavors evolve into earthier ones, redolent of dark cocoa and even dried rosemary.