WINE REVIEW: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto, Portalegre, Alentejo, Portugal ($25)
by Andrew Chalk
Appearance: Ruby. Totally opaque.
Nose: Earthy, savory, ripe fruit raspberries, blackberries, spices. Still youthful in character.
Palate: Chewy, intense fruit, chocolate, spices. Will age for a few years but delicious now with food.
The first property outside the Douro region of the Symington family of Port fame (Graham’s, Warre, Dow, Cockburn, etc.). This wine is 40% Alicante Bouchet, 25% Trincadeira, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Alfrocheiro. The opacity enigma was solved as soon as I saw the percentage of alicante bouchet, a widely-used teinturier. The chewy texture is pronounced and a likable distinguisher of this wine to me. If you fancy something different with lamb or beef cheek this wine would be an excellent choice. Guests will be pawing at the bottle, trying to interrogate the label.