Let’s Get Irreverent! With Portugal’s Irreverente Wines

It’s not that I’m actually disrespecting Chardonnay or Merlot…

I’m just momentarily turning away from them. Toward something new, out of the ordinary.

Irreverente wines are not the usual Sunday-after-church, pot-roast-dinner kind of wines.

No sir.

These wines blend grapes you’ve never heard of, package them with splotchy artwork labels, and throw them at you with their Irreverente name.

Yes! Let’s get Irreverent!

It’s somehow ironic that finding something “new” leads me to the Dao (find pronunciation here) region of Portugal where wine-making records date from the 12th century. The Dao is in the central north of Portugal, just south of the Dao River. Mountain ranges protect the area from harsh continental winds and the chill of the Atlantic.

The Irreverente Tinto (red) blends several Touriga grape varieties. Touriga Nacional, considered the best grape of Portugal, is the grape used to make Port wines. Here, it is the main grape blended with other red varieties found in this area.

The Irreverente Branco (white) blends Encruzado, the main white grape of the Dao, and Malvasia grapes. The wine was aged for a short period in French oak.


Irreverente Tinto: The brilliant garnet color sparkles in spite of some sediment found in the neck of the bottle. No worries! I carefully cleaned the neck with a dry cloth and continued on my way. I was aware, however, that there could be some sediment at the end of the bottle. Lush aromas of forest floor continue with dried black cherry, spice and cedar.

The front palate is soft with flavors of ripe black cherry and spice along with dried herbs.  The wine wraps up with supple tannins and blackberry brandy notes that linger on pleasantly.

Irreverente Branco:  The light golden color suggests richness. Pear and mineral notes greet the nose with subtle hints of oak.

The palate is light and fresh holding flavors of pear and minerals along with ripe apricot.  Bright acidity balances the rich oak notes and the wine finishes dry.

Although I don’t believe these Irreverent wines are disrespectful of the more well-known wine varietals. they do reward us for seeking a different experience!

Turn away from the usual; look to the old, and find something new.


Trying something new!;

Drinking on a Sunday afternoon;

Wine drinkers who are looking for new varietals and new regions to add to their repertoire.


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