Grape Variety: Aragonez (Tempranillo) blend – 80% Aragonez, 15% Alicante Bouschet (a cross of garnacha and petit bouschet) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vineyard in the Alentejo region; Estremoz, Portugal.
Price: $26.10 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Garden vegetable stir fry (zucchini, yellow summer squash and onions in an oyster/soy/rice wine sauce over Basmati rice and topped with chow neon noodles).
Clear, brownish garnet color with a light colored rim. VERY aromatic blackberry, cherry, boysenberry, cedar sawdust and damp earth aromas. Silky smooth entry, dry, a tad rustic yet a very elegant mouthfeel, medium body and a 200-grit texture. Fantastic flavors of blackberry, plum, current and raisins. Bright acidity, leathery tannins and an “oh so delicious” and alluring finish that was both spicy and mineral. This was a WOW, WOW, WOW wine. From the very first sniff when I pulled the cork it was Like a whirlpool that was captivating and persisted in pulling you in further and further with each sip. Unusual intense aromatics, unusual bold yet exquisite tastes with an unusual shaped bottle and unique label. The mouthfeel and tasting magnetism of this wine can only be described as AWESOME!!! After we had this bottle we went back to the store and bought a case…something we rarely do!!!
Side note: The Alentejo region is know for having the largest cork oak forest in the world, but the cork on this bottle was unusually short, only 40mm…does this say something about quality and size???
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Closure: 40mm Natural cork.
UPC Code: 8 414606 351282
Imported by: Think Global Wines; Santa Barbara, California.