Mateus Nicolau De Almeida "O Tinto Perfeito O Clarete" 2019
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Selection Massale, one of our favorite importers, launched a special line of everyday drinking, bistro-inspired red wines they called 'The Perfect Red' back in 2018. The first bottling was done by Jaugueyron, their famed Bordeaux producer, but the line now has offerings from American (via our friend Chris Brocway, which was recently featured in the wine club) and Portugal. The Portuguese rendition was done by Mateus Nicolau de Almeida, a fifth generation winemaker from the Douro.
O Tinto Perfeito O Clarete is a field blend, based on Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Malvasia Fina. The grapes are all fermented together, given a gentle 10 day maceration with short pump overs to keep extraction minimal, then fermented and aged entirely in tack. The wine comes in the most adorable Port-shaped bottle and is super fun and easy. The most full-bodied red wine in the club this month, but still extremely friendly and ready to drink. A joyful nose of violet, eucalyptus and black pepper is met by juicy blackberry, plum and savory herbs.
[Kirk Sutherland May 2022]