Open Bottle - Jose De Sousa Red, Portugal

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 04:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free

Every Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm we open a special bottle of wine and offer to you at a highly discounted price.
The wines are typically 90 points or better and are discounted 20-40%. Sometimes even more! when we can get special pricing from our vendors , we pass the savings along to you!!
Come in on Thursday and sample. If you can't make it, call us and we can put some aside for you!! 
(All purchases must be accompanied by a credit card.)


From the Vineyards of José Maria da Fonseca 


2015 Red Blend
52% Grand Noir, 33% Trincadeira, 15% Aragonês
Alentejano, Portugal

José Maria da Fonseca is the oldest table wine company in Portugal. Founded in 1834, it is now in its 7th generation!

94 Points! The Wine Enthusiast
"Named after the Fonseca estate in Alentejo, this wine is impressively rich and structured. It has firm tannins that are balanced by dense black fruits and crisp acidity. A blend of Grand Noir (the local name for Baga), Trincadeira and Aragonês, it's a very complete wine, fermented in clay amphora and stone lagars. Drink from 2019."

At the José de Sousa winery, the winemaking technique with talhas is still being used in a very similar way as it was 2.000 years ago.
In this wine, a small part is made according to this Roman process, the red grapes are previously trodden on foot and destemmed by hand in a table called “table of ripanço”. Afterwards, a small part of the must, skins and stems are fermented in talhas, and another part in lagares. The remainder of the brand is fermented in stainless steel tanks.
The use of talhas gives spices and a third dimension to wine. After fermentation, this wine has a skin maceration of 4 weeks, followed by 9 months of storage in French and American oak casks.


Our Thoughts on this wine.....

Dark red with some depth, the 2015 Jose de Sousa shows aromas of dates, chocolate, oak, some vanilla, fig, and spices. On the palate, the wine is fruity, velvety, with good tannins, some complexity and a good acidity.

A bit about José Maria da Fonseca in their words....

The José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes Cellar was founded in 1834. The estate is located in Reguengos de Monsaraz, and it is here that a 2.000 year old Roman tradition is kept alive. The José de Sousa Cellar owns 114 ceramic amphorae in which an ancient fermentation method takes place.  

A family business with almost two centuries of history, and one that has known how to stay up-to-date without ever sitting back on its laurels. José Maria da Fonseca has been making wines since 1834, resulting from the shared passion of a family that has known how to preserve and project the memory and the prestige of its founder. Well aware of the responsibility of being the oldest producer of table wine and Setúbal Moscatel in Portugal, José Maria da Fonseca follows a philosophy of permanent development, constantly investing in research and production, combining the latest techniques with traditional know-how. An example of this is the José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes Winery, at Reguengos de Monsaraz, Alentejo, where the Roman tradition of clay pot fermentation is maintained alongside the latest technology. 

Continuing to invest in benchmark products at international level, always produced to the highest standard, José Maria da Fonseca has contributed decisively to the promotion and prestige of national wines. The nearly 650 hectares of vineyards and a winery equipped with the latest technology, which competes with the best in the world, produce wines that combine the experience gathered throughout its history with the most advanced winemaking techniques. 
In addition to all these resources, what most characterizes the work at José Maria da Fonseca is a great passion for the art of winemaking. It is this passion capable of generating emotions that José Maria da Fonseca shares with consumers every time they try one of the company’s wines.