From the country with the greatest variety of grapes in the world (potentially over 500), Monte da Ravasqueira has produced a stunning lineup of single varietal wines in extremely low quantities. The Sangiovese was by far our favourite from the newly arrived premium line, which included a Petit Verdot, Touriga Franca and Nero d'Avola. There were only 200 cases of the Sangiovese produced. The José de Mello family has run Monte da Ravasqueira for several generations, producing along with wine, olive oil and honey. The family also contributes to Portugal's cork production. Located in the southern Alentejo region, which stretches from central to southern Portugal, vineyards of Monte de Ravasqueira are planted in a clay and limestone soil, uniquely covered with sand. We suggest decanting 30 minutes prior to enjoying, to ensure that the first glass is just as good as the last. Enjoy this year or cellar another two to three years and serve at 16C.
Royal red, with medium opacity and just slightly darker core.
A base of red cherry and tart red currants, which support lesser amounts of menthol, dried fruits, and wooden chest. The aromas need to be coaxed out of the glass initially, but eventually they become more robust and deep. Compared to Tuscan Sangiovese, this smells darker and earthy.
Cleansing and fresh acidity without drawing to much attention to itself. Medium bodied, hearty tannin and flavours that uniformly envelope your whole mouth. More cherry, currant and a bit of pomegranate. There are vegetal notes that pop near the back of the palate, rhubarb, tobacco and stalk. 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, "... structured, mineral, textured wine... dry tannic core that gives the wine a solid character and considerable potential."
Sangiovese from it's traditional home, Italy, is paired perfectly with tomato based pastas. We think that this is still a great option for your Portuguese Sangiovese.