This wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet which is a Teinturier grape (flesh is also red). It’s a deep shade of purple in the glass and it stains the walls. On the nose- ripe red plums, black cherry, menthol, vanilla and almond pith. The palate is dry with medium acidity and high tannins (remember the stained walls of the glass?). The flavors are rich and ripe- dark red fruit, charcoal, vanilla, menthol and an espresso strength coffee note right at the end. Full bodied, it finishes with medium length along with some very tannic grip. It is a rather complex wine for $15 that gets 91 points from me and 5 stars. If you like ’em dry, pop-n-pour or else cellar this wine for a few years but drink up by 2030. I am pairing with grilled meat and roasted cauliflower rubbed with Chorizo seasoning. Salut….
Luis Vieira Montaria Tempranillo-Alicante Bouschet 2019, Lisboa, Portugal
11 Tuesday Oct 2022