Another pleasing Portuguese red blend at a great Costco price, we review the Periquita Reserva from Jose Maria da Fonseca.
A blend of 54% Castelao, 28% Touriga Nacional and 18% Touriga Francesa from Península de Setúbal in southern Portugal. The wine spends 8 months in French and American oak (new) and has 8.6 g/L of residual sugar.
The Periquita Reserva Red has an SRP of $18 but it sells for $11.99 at Costco and typically a bit more elsewhere. It is imported by M Imports, LLC and 1.5 million bottles were produced. It comes from the same winery as the Waterdog Reserva we previously reviewed.
Winemaker Domingos Soares Franco
Oak Aging 8 months
Oak Profile 80% American and 20% French oak
Varieties Castelao (54%) Touriga Nacional (28%) Touriga Francesa (18%)
Vineyard vinha grande de algeruz - Sandy Soil
Tasting Notes Fruity aromas of fresh blackberries and dried black cherry with vanilla, oak and tobacco spice. The wine shows smooth and balanced tannins and a long silky finish.
Serving Suggestions Enjoy paired with roasted meats and stews
Produced & Bottled by José Maria da Fonseca Vinhos
The 2019 Periquita Reserva from José Maria da Fonseca opens with lots of ripe dark fruit aromas plus touches of spice.
Tasting the wine reveals more ripe, juicy dark fruit, a soft, smooth mouthfeel and touches of vanilla and chocolate. With good structure this is a party pleaser for all palates. It is a bit on the sweet side but it's pretty good overall and worth the $12, although I'm not sure I would pay more than the Costco price for this one.
It ends with a dry, medium-long, grippy finish.