For the wine snob: 40% Aragones, 30% Trincadeira, 30% Alicante Bouschet makes up this great wine. Three of the Alentejo’s regions most familiar grape varieties—Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Trincadeira—go into this warm, rich and southern-feeling wine. Fitapreta is the culmination of a partnership between a young, dynamic Portuguese winemaker and a British-born viticulturist, dedicated to a new examination of terroir in the Alentejo.
For the rest of us: Ripe fruits, vanilla and potpourri on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth and sweet on entry and then tighter in the midpalate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry flavors and hints of vanilla with fine tannins. I would pair this with rack of lamb, short rib or charcuterie.