Second wine up at the 24th Virtual tasting was a Portuguese blend that had 50% Alicante Bouschet- a new varietal to the group. A deep garnet color, this wine was showing a touch of age. On the nose we got blueberry, tobacco, licorice, loads of black cherry, some funk and oak influence by way of smoke, creosote, vanilla, charcoal, chocolate and cedar- our tasting group is that sensitive!
The palate was super smooth with silky tannins, loads of oak, spice box, rich blueberry, black cherry and tar with a tart finish. Low to medium acidity this mid-weight bodied wine has a long finish and is very balanced- 93 points and my WOTN. At $45 it’s not a daily drinker but value for cash it is a super nice treat wine that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2028 with richer meats and stews. Salut….