Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wine of the Week - Casa Santos Lima ‘Monte das Promessas’ Branco

Sometimes simplest is best, as our featured wine of the week illustrates. The Casa Santos Lima 'Monte das Promessas' Branco is blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes Arinto, Fernão Pires, and Vital. Coming from the Lisboa region, this bright, easy-to-drink white shows a refreshing balance of citrus, honey, and minerality, with a prickle of light effervescence at the finish.

Located in Alenquer, some 40 km north of Lisbon, Casa Santos Lima produces quaffable, value-driven wines of excellent caliber. Founded at the turn of the 20th century by Joaquim Santos Lima, one of the most renowned producers and exporters of his day, the estate is now helmed by his granddaughter Maria João and great-grandson José Luis. Casa Santos Lima is an enormous property, spanning some 290 hectares in Estremadura, however the two wines that we represent come from a small area called the Monte das Promessas. It is composed of seven gently sloping hills of young vines that range in altitude from 100-200m. They are graced with abundant sunshine during the day, yet the nights are cool and fresh, with temperatures moderated by the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

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