Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva Red
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The use of American and French oak barrels, along with, a long maceration period, produces a complex and delicious example of wine’s from the Lisboa appellation that out-performs most wines in its class.
Varietal Composition: Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Roriz
Elaboration: The grapes, previously destemmed, go through a pre-fermentation maceration at low temperatures for 24 hours. The fermentation occurred in 10,000 liter vats with temperature control, not exceeding 82 ºF. After the fermentation, the wine will remain in a prolonged maceration for 15 days. The wine is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: With an intense ruby color, this wine presents itself with a great concentration in the nose. Extremely rich aroma with predominance of red ripe fruits and some floral notes, well integrated with notes of spices coming from the ageing in French and American oak barrels. In the mouth it shows great complexity with notes of plums and blackberries. The finish is rich and elegant.
2015 – 90 Wine Spectator
Casa Santos Lima was created to ensure the continuous development of Santos Lima’s wine producing activity first established several generations ago. This was first started by Joaquim Santos Lima, who, by the turn of 19th century, was already a great producer and exporter of Portuguese wines. Maria João Santos Lima and José Luís Santos Lima Oliveira da Silva, granddaughter and great grandson of the founder, relaunched Casa Santos Lima in 1990, replanting most of the vines, improving agricultural techniques and modernizing all its productive structure. Since 1996, Casa Santos Lima, started bottling its own brands , which immediately achieved great success both in national and international markets.