Pizzato Reserva Alicante Bouschet 2021


New vintage is here!

Produced from a grape (a cross between Petit Bouschet and Carignan) whose pulp is an exceptionally deep purple and rarely grown outside Portugal, this is a fine single varietal example of ‘Ali B’ from southern Brazil.

Still young, this wine has plenty of ageing potential and will appeal to those who like their reds ‘meaty’, savoury, full-bodied and aged in barrel.

Ideally decant/open in advance and best enjoyed as a ‘food wine’, especially with spiced dishes or BBQ fare!

Much admired, a previous (2016) vintage of this wine was offered at the launch party of Jancis Robinson & Hugh Johnson’s ‘World Wine Atlas’, in September 2019.

See the video of our recent conversation with winemaker Flavio Pizzato.

See critic Tom Cannavan’s tasting note (2016 vintage) below.

Other recommendations from Pizzato’s portfolio of barrel-aged reds include:

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

‘Nervi’ Reserva Tannat 2015

Gran Reserva Concentus (3 grape blend) 2016






This is another fabulous red produced by Flavio Pizzato, fifth generation winemaker at the family-run Pizzato winery situated in the Vale dos Vinhedos district of the Serra Gaúcha hills in southern Brazil.

While Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and to a lesser extent Tannat are the red grape ‘workhorses’ of the vineyard here and in the surrounding area, Flavio is not afraid to experiment with lesser known grape varieties.

Here the Alicante Bouschet (a cross between the Grenache and Petit Bouschet varieties) comes from a single small bloc, producing just 4300 bottles in 2016. Indeed, for several years in the mid 2000’s Pizzato was the only winery in Brazil producing Ali B. The grape is unusual in being one of the ‘teinturier’ varieties – that is, having a deep red flesh – so produces densely coloured wines, with high tannins and concentrated dark fruits.

(In similar vein, some Egiodola grapes are also grown, with a mere 2670 bottles produced in 2016).

Leading Glasgow-based wine critic Tom Cannavan reviewed the Alicante Bouschet 2016 in March 2020. Read his tasting note here: Alicante Bouschet