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rlp_wine_spy_100_01Rui Lourenço Pereira is the ultimate Wine Spy: working with the Portuguese business development agency AICEP for twelve years, has enabled him to establish a nationwide network of wine contacts, in Alentejo, Dão, Douro, the Azores and Madeira... His unabated enthusiasm for Portuguese fine wine and objective understanding of quality, have helped him forge strong bonds with many leading winemakers. Rui's sincere passion for great wine lends an extra dimension to A Good Nose. He understands how to market wine through good communication and is a superlative advocate for those whose work might easily go undiscovered and slip beneath the vinous radar. This passionate and generous approach to the wine business is underpinned by a fine palate and Master's degree in economy. Rui lives, sleeps and breathes fine wine, sharing insight and advice freely. As a selfless supporter of A Good Nose from the very beginning, Rui has provided invaluable professional assistance in the Douro valley and is a trusted and reliable friend.

"When David Eley invited me to become AGN's Portuguese ‘Wine Spy' it was with delight that I said yes. To speak about great Portuguese wines is one of the things that gives me most pleasure. The idea of combining fine gastronomy and fine wine online is something David shared with me soon after we met at Quinta do Noval in Autumn 2006, and we have spoken about publicizing the new and exciting wines of Portugal ever since.


My country is internationally recognized as part of the ‘old world', but unlike France or Italy it does not have a very high profile for premium table wine. Why is this? Perhaps our vast array of indigenous grape varieties, between 3-400, are seldom found overseas and this may be one of the main reasons few consumers know fine Portuguese wine... I would like to help people appreciate the qualities of our new generation of Portuguese fine wines by sharing my discoveries on A Good Nose.Com. I will try with all my efforts to change your perception of a country only famous for great Port wine, and by introducing you to some exciting young winemakers, share my own enthusiasm and passion for the new wines of Portugal!"








pacheca_labelQuinta da Pacheca Reserva 2004

My first wine is Quinta da Pacheca Reserva 2004 (red), made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz grapes. It is well balanced with a fine structure and excellent acidity. This wine is made near Peso de Régua in the heart of the Douro valley and has matured red fruits on the nose and very firm tannins on the palate. I believe Pacheca Reserva will keep for at least ten years in the cellar.

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The Wines of Alvaro Castro in Dão

Alvaro Castro is a well-known name in the Portuguese wine world: his wines from Quintas da Saes and Pellada in the Dão region are highly respected by Portuguese and international consumers. Alvaro is known as ‘Mr Touriga Nacional' for his liquid interpretation of this Queen of indigenous grapes and is ably supported in his work by daughter Maria. My recent visit with Maria Castro to the family property complemented the quality of a wonderful tasting and provided a fine example of Portuguese hospitality. Here are some brief tasting notes for you to consider, I will share more tasting notes for Alvaro Castro in the weeks ahead..




av_dao_2006_Dão 2006

Dão 2006 disports the colour of a fine Bordeaux, with a light aroma of red fruit and plummy notes on the nose. A Light minerality and gentle tannins make this wine ready to drink now.









saes_06_labelQuinta de Saes Reserva 2006

Quinta de Saes Reserva 2006 - violet in colour with lots of fruit and good complexity. Solid tannins with toasted notes in evidence. Cepage: 60% Old Vines, 40% Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz



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quinta_de_saes_labelQuinta de Saes Reserva 2007

Quinta de Saes Reserva 2007 (white) - this most recent vintage has a floral floral aroma and pronounced straw colouring, very clean, full body, low acidity. Cepage: Encruzado 80%, Cercial 20%




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Conde de Vimioso Reserva 2005 Red Wine
Producer: Falua, Ribatejo, Portugal


Conde de Vimioso Reserva presents a true purple colour in the glass; on the nose it has aromas of stone roses, pine trees, red fruit, together with a pronounced floral element. On the palate it is a very well balanced wine, round and offering good acidity - the fruit and the wood are well integrated. I believe this wine will develop well in the near future but it also has substantial tannins to aid longevity.


Made by Falua Sociedade De Vinhos, this wine is part of an impressive portfolio owned by one of our most famous Portuguese winemakers, João Portugal Ramos. He purchased this fine vineyard fifteen years ago, after many years of working with farmers in the Ribatejo region. The most common grapes used in Ribatejo comprise: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.



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Guardia Rios 2007 white wine
Producer: Vale d'Algares - Ribatejo


Guardia Rios is clean and quite pale in the glass, the colour of new pine. On the nose tropical fruits are present with an aroma suggesting pineapple and little melon. On the palate it has good acidity and is very dry on the finish. Made with Chardonnay, Alvarinho and Arinto grape varieties, it has 14% of alcohol and is perhaps a little closed.


Vale D' Algares is a unique project in the Ribatejo region combining equestrian sport with wine production at the same location. This particular area has relatively few luxury developments and Vale d'Algares can be summarized in two words : innovation and quality.

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