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