José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Reserva 2009, Red Regional Setúbal Peninsula
Tasted June 2012
Appearance - Clear and bright with a medium plus intensity ruby colour. A slightly clearer rim and noticeable tears.
Nose - clean, youthful aromas with medium plus intensity showing lots of red fruits upfront, mainly cherry and plum, a leafy vegetal note, traces of fresh herbal mint and violets.
Palate - dry with medium plus acidity refreshing the palate, medium fine grained tannins, warm medium alcohol level and a medium body. A medium plus flavour intensity, spicier than the nose with some pungent liquorice notes, ripe but fresh red fruits are again a marked note with lots of red cherries, plum, mulberry, a floral violet touch and a slight creamy oak note rounding the edges. Minty with medium plus length.
Conclusions (16/20) - very good quality, a light, fruit driven wine, juicy, with some nice herbal notes and refreshing acidity lifting the ensemble. A round and supple body is rendering it a very nice drink-ability, components fairly balanced already. I find it ready to drink and completely approachable right away, but will improve through the next 2 years. A perfect profile to match with food.