JMF Periquita Reserva red 2010, Regional Setubal Peninsula
Tasted January 2013
Grapes - Castelão (38%), Touriga Nacional (34%) and Touriga Francesa (28%).
Appearance - clear and very bright medium intensity ruby colour. Some visible tears.
Nose - clean and youthful with medium intensity aromas. A focus on ripe but fresh red and black fruits, lots of jammy redcurrant, blueberry and plum. Notes of fig and also some sweet oaky vanilla. Very light, almost unnoticeable, vegetal notes and a slight hint of balsamic
Palate - dry but hinting at off-dry, medium plus acidity, medium level of totally ripe and rounded tannins, medium alcohol and body. Medium plus flavor intensity again totally dominated by very ripe, almost jammy, red fruits, creamy vanilla notes and just a little vegetal hint. Medium plus length fruity and sweetish.
Conclusions (15,5/20) - good quality, lots of fleshy fruit, a creamy palate with a velvet texture caressing it all the way through. For me it has to much of a sweetish character, it is lacking some of the vegetal, spicy notes of last year that gave it much more punch. Nevertheless this is a crowd pleaser with all its seductive ripeness fairly balanced by the acidity level and a good value. Drink now it is more than ready. Pork dishes with sweet spices could pair well.
Approximate retail price - €8
Note: sample kindly provided by José Maria da Fonseca