Although the Douro region is better known for its fortified Port wines, in truth table wines account for 42% of the total production of the region . There are two common soil types: schist, in which grow the vines destined to produce fine Ports; and granite, in which the vines produce wines destined to be non-fortified table wines. With the tendency today of planting international varieties around the world, I’m surprised that someone hasn’t planted Syrah in the granitic soils of the Douro. Syrah is planted in the granitic soils of the northern Rhône where it produces some of the finest examples of Syrah in the world.
Sogrape was founded in 1942 by Fernando Zeller Guedes, and eventually the winery became known for it’s iconic wine, Mateus Rosé, bottled in its iconic Bocksbeutel (called cantil in Portuguese). Mateus Rosé became so popular the today it is available in 125 countries around the world, and more than one billion bottles have been sold since its inception sixty years ago.
Callabriga is a line of wines introduced by Sogrape in 2003. Indeed, their slogan is “A new wine from the old world”. According to the Sogrape website the company uses traditional grape varieties processed with modern technology to “adapt wines to present day quality preferences”. The line includes wines from three different Portuguese regions: Alentejo, Dão, and Douro. The common variety is Tinta Roriz, commonly known as Tempranillo across the border in Spain. Each of the three regional wines includes other regional grapes in addition to the Tinta Roriz. The wines are aged for one year in oak barrels before final blending.
Deep purple-red in color. On the nose there are notes of plum, red currant, black cherry, blueberry, coffee, toasted almonds, chocolate, clove and black pepper. The tannins are soft and the acidity not particularly pronounced. The wine exhibits a medium length finish. Decant the wine 30 – 45 minutes before serving.
For the detail-oriented:
- Winery: Sogrape
- Wine: Callabriga Douro
- Vintage: 2007
- Denomination: Douro DOC
- Type: Dry red wine
- Blend: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Format: 750 ml
- Closure: Natural cork
- Optimum consumption: until 2013
- Suggested food pairing: Rosemary-roasted lamb
- Website: http://www.callabriga.eu/
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