Portugal’s been called “the most exciting wine place on the planet” by Wine Spectator. And there are fewer things more thrilling than discovering your vineyards are strewn with dinosaur fossils – as the team at the historic Casa Santos Lima discovered during a recent renovation.
The ‘stones and bones’ they found were the inspiration for this seriously succulent red, featuring native star Touriga Nacional, plus Tinta Roriz, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet – all of which thrive in Lisboa, a region that’s been enjoying a surge in quality, thanks to talented and ambitious winemakers like Diogo Sepúlveda.
Inspired by the giants that roamed this land millions of years ago, Diogo set out to make a red of real power – and he’s succeeded deliciously – for the second vintage in a row, Stones and Bones was awarded a gold medal at Portugal Wine Trophy and was named a 90-Point Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast, whose editors raved: “This is a bold wine, full of spice and rich tannins. With blackberry flavors, it is concentrated, dense and certainly ripe.”
Pop the cork and pair this with everything from smoked turkey legs to beef ribs and beyond. Limited cases imported – get a move on before this latest release goes, well, extinct.