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2015 Encostas de Serpa Vinho Tinto: Alentejo, Portugal


Tasting Notes

This wine provides the combination of the traditional Portuguese wine mixed with the structure of a New World wine! It presents a garnet color, a complex aroma with notes of ripe wild berries, together with a remarkable elegance with a complex, firm and persistent structure. The oak integrates to bring a phenomenal cigar box aroma and tobacco finish. What’s better than grilling and enjoying a cigar than a nice glass of this wine!

Winery Details

In 2002, Matias and Maria Antonia Monge began the journey back to their native country of Portugal, after having immigrated to the United States in 1981. The quiet and serene landscape of Alentejo had always enticed them, as they had both been born in the region. While they knew the “where”, their goal quickly became finding the right property that would allow them to establish a long-lived dream of owning and running a vineyard and winery. Vale do Chafariz was purchased in 2002 and represents the beginning of this family’s journey into Portugal’s rich history of wine making. This 112-acre property boosts amazing views of Serpa’s white-washed landscapes and a century’s old castle. After 13 years of successful planting, harvesting, and wine making from Vale do Chafariz, it was clear that expansion was needed. In 2015, Monte Santa Maria do Guadiana was purchased. This spectacular 91-acre property overlooks the Guadiana River, an international river that runs along a partial border between Portugal and Spain. On the rolling hills of this property sit endless rows of luscious green grape vines that appear to disappear into the riverbed. The rich soil of both vineyards, the dry heat of the Alentejo sun, and the dedication the Monge family has over their lands, all make Vinhos de Serpa a truly memorable wine.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Monge e Filhas - Vinhos de Serpa

Grape(s): 40% Syrah, 40% Alicante Bouschet, and 20% Touriga Nacional

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Alentejo, Portugal

Vinification: The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and fermented with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled vats. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Aging: Aging for 8 months in French Oak barrels.

% ABV: 14.5%