Sidecar'2014

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2015/08eRobertParker.com

The 2014 Sidecar is a new brand here–so called because Susana Esteban invites other winemakers to make the wine. Here, that "other" winemaker is Dirk Niepoort. (He's on the label, actually. It's a good drawing of him. You can recognize him in the sidecar, for one thing, because of the multi-pocket vest. You can see the label in the picture of Esteban with her wines that accompanies this issue's Portugal "White Album" article.) Although this issue mostly focuses on whites, this was an interesting experiment worth a preview (it was a barrel sample when seen). A blend of Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira, aged for eight months in a very old foudre (50+ years) from Mosel, this seems potentially brilliant. Refined in construction, it is perfectly balanced with enough intensity and concentration to rise above the norm. A bit tightly wound in it...

To share moments, ideas and experiences with other oenologists or people connected to wines is something that I have always liked and encouraged. So, I decided to create the brand Sidecar.

Each year I will challenge a friend to produce wine in my wine cellar, in Mora.

They will decide how to interpret this region’s fantastic vineyards.... by driving the motorcycle! For Sidecar’s first edition, I invited an old friend who has a unique, pioneer and extraordinary vision on wines: Dirk Niepoort.

DOC
_ Regional Alentejano
Varieties
_ 50% Alicante Bouschet, 50% Trincadeira from a traditional vineyard in Portalegre.
Harvest
_ Manual, in 20 kg boxes thoroughly chosen at the wine cellar’s entrance.
Vinification
_ In a low capacity stainless wine press with temperature control.
Ageing
_ 8 months in wooden cask with more than 50 years.
Bottling
_ June 2015
Production
_ 1.500 Bottles

Open ruby colour, red fruit aromas and some vegetal nuances, similar to moss. In the mouth is fresh, elegant and complex. Alentejo... very Burgundian.

Alcohol
_ 12.5
Total acidity
_ 5.4
pH
_ 3.55
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