Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas wine #2 Alentejo red

posted by drud

Yesterday I had a new Portuguese wine, in what could be called ”seek and try out” for good christmas wine.

First up Aveleda’s red ”Charamba” from Douro, but the taste of this wine was simply not of my liking, ”Sharp, moulded, and alcoholic”.

Instead we turned to Alentejo to try Mouras de Arraiolos 2007, grande escolha.

I have often visited the lovely little village of Arriolos in Alentejo, because it hold one of Portugals gastronomic gems, the resturant ”moagem”. However, I had never tried this wine from same village. Mouras de Arraiolos is produced on, Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah and Alicante bouschet, aged for 12 months on new french oak.

Nose with hints of dark berries, spices, peat/tar, vanilia, cut grass and mint. Beautiful structure, well balanced and a good tannin bite to leave the mouth dry. Great food wine, 12€, locally bought. 90P

1 comment:

Alvie said...

Tasting it right now. A good wine, as you said. Pretty much cheaper here in Portugal (half the price actually). Thanks for the review.