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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….