José de Sousa 2015 Alen­te­jano, Por­tu­gal ($14.79 lim­ited time of­fer un­til March 3, #396689)

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You may al­ready no­tice a theme. One of the more in­ter­est­ing as­pects of Por­tuguese wine is the sheer va­ri­ety of indige­nous grapes found through­out the coun­try. Head­ing to Alen­te­jano in the coun­try’s south, we find a throaty bot­tle fea­tur­ing a mix of Grand Noir (a.k.a. Baga), Trin­cadeira, and Aragonez

(a.k.a. Tem­pranillo). José de

Sousa’s Alen­te­jano is partly fer­mented in clay be­fore ag­ing in Amer­i­can and French oak, and the re­sult in the glass is an en­gag­ing mix of deep berry and savoury earth, with rich fruit up front and a struc­tured, fresh fin­ish.

Bot­tom line: B+ Ro­bust yet poised.

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