Mateus Nicolau de Almeida "Trans Douro Express - Cima Corgo" Tinto 2019
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Mateus Nicolau de Almeida is a fifth generation winemaker in Portugal's Douro region. Hailing from a family with a deep history in Port production, Mateus has branched out to explore the different subzones of the Douro through the lens of dry red and white wines. He his newest project, Trans Douro Express, focuses on three unique microclimates utilizing each areas native grape varieties. Farming is organic and biodynamic across the board, the wines are incredible values, with each bottling telling a different story.
Cima Corgo is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão, and Tinta Amarela. The grapes come from the schist soils of mid-Douro region, which has an almost Mediterranean climate. Fermented and aged in concrete, it is pure and harmonious. Typically this is one of the more powerful wines in the Trans Douro line up, but the 2019 vintage presents a more elegant side, with juicy red berry fruit, and bright acidity. Medium-bodied, but well structured but it's plush tannins, notes of eucalyptus, white pepper and fresh herbs balance the dark fruit profile.
[Kirk Sutherland May 2022]