Grape Variety: Baga blend – 90% Baga, 9% Touriga Nacional and 1% Bical.
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vinho Regional Beiras; Beiras, Portugal.
Price: $22.00 (with a wine dinner discount)
Purchased From: Undercurrent Restaurant; Greensboro, North Carolina.
Paired With: Grilled hotdogs, oven fries and coleslaw on the patio.
Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, very dark purple/ruby color with a lighter purple rim. Dark fruit, sweet spices and a touch of leather in the aroma. Fairly smooth entry, rustic, bone dry and intense mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 60-grit texture. Blackberry, tart current, juicy raspberry and hints of an unusual mineral flavor. Plenty of bright acidity, firm tannins and a medium length tannin dominated fruit finish. This was powerful wine that was much more about mouthfeel than flavor. It was also unusual to be such a BOLD wine and still be so approachable. When we first had this at the Undercurrent Wine Dinner it was paired with braised beef, boiled potatoes and rosemary crostini that was a great combination and purchased a bottle. At home the pairing was pretty insignificant and we drilled down to really dissect the wine and in the end called it an unusual red Portuguese wine that has a lot going for it.
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Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Closure: Aluminum covered 40mm Natural cork.
UPC Code: 5 601743 552945
Imported by: Artisan Vines Distributing Corp.; Atlanta, Georgia.