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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Jose Maria Da Fonseca Periquita Classico 2001
Jose Maria Da Fonseca Periquita Classico 2001
(search item no. 87179)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Castelão Frances grape

For more than 150 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been a welcome guest at the tables of discerning wine drinkers and an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by Jose Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made primarily from the Castelao Frances grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer.

The wines has a dark ruby color with amber tints. The bouquet is of wild blueberries, vanilla, dried figs, oak and spices. In the mouth it is full-bodied, velvety smooth and well balanced, with soft tannins and a glossy finish.

Periquita Classico is made only in vintages of exceptional quality. This is a wine that can be readily enjoyed in youth and will also sustain some 15 years or so aging! Enjoy with red meats, hearty casseroles, stews and flavorful cheeses.

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About Jose Maria Da Fonseca:

For more than 150 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been enjoyed by discerning wine drinkers and Periquita continues to be an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by José Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made from Castelão (kah-stay-lao) grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer.

The Villa Nogueira de Azetão (ah-say-tao) is the winemaking estate, home of Periquita, located a short distance from Lisbon, just across the Tagus River on the Setúbal peninsula. Here, the vineyards enjoy the benefits of a sun-drenched maritime climate and a varied soil composition that incorporates elements of sand, clay and lime.

The property remains in the hands of its founder's descendants (the family-owned concern of José Maria da Fonseca, one of the premier names in quality Portuguese winemaking), who remain committed to José Maria da Fonseca's long-standing tradition of quality and integrity.