DSF Private Collection Grand Noir Red Wine

GRAND NOIR 2015

DOMINGOS SOARES FRANCO PRIVATE COLLECTION
V.R. ALENTEJANO

Domingos Soares Franco is the younger brother in the sixth generation of the family that has run José Maria da Fonseca since its foundation in 1834. As both Vice-President and senior winemaker of the company Domingos has become a prominent figure in the field of Portuguese winegrowing. This status is not derived solely from his connection to this prestigious Vila Nogueira de Azeitão company. It is also from the fact that Domingos was the first Portuguese to graduate in Fermentation Sciences from the University of California in Davis, USA. This achievement is important in the influence it has had on his view of vines and wines: although intending to maintain the distinctive features of Portuguese wines he is constantly looking to the future, seeking innovation wherever possible. Although all José Maria da Fonseca’s wines are of his making, some are particularly special to him. Labelled “Domingos Soares Franco Private Collection”, these are all varietal wines.


VINTAGE INFORMATION

REGION

ALENTEJO

VINEYARD AREA

3

SANDY SOIL

PRODUCTION

2,700

WINE PRODUCTION

BOTTLING

2017

MARCH

GRAPE VARIETIES

100

GRAND NOIR

ANALYSES

13.5

ALCOHOL

5.55

TOTAL ACIDITY
(TARTARIC ACID)

3.60

pH

STORAGE

12º

TEMPERATURE

60

HUMIDITY

SHELF LIFE

10 YEARS

AFTER BOTTLING

TASTING NOTES

COLOR

Deep red with some brownish tints.

AROMA

Black chocolate, blackberries, violets, figs, very complex, no oak.

PALATE

Lots of fruit, licorish but dry, very balanced, good acidity, good tannins.

FINISH

Long.

VINIFICATION

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel “lagares” at a temperature of 28ºC for 10 days, and bottled after 8 months without being filtered or cold stabilized. No oak used.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Should be served with game and cheese at a temperature of 14ºC.


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