Review: Casa Agricola HMR Varal Tinto

Portugal is known for port, duh, but it’s also got blended table wines going on.

I picked up a delicious red blend from Vintage Berkeley when I was visiting a friend. It’s from Casa Agricola, a winery in Alentejano, which is in the southeast area of Portugal. This wine tasted like plums, strawberry and cinnamon and had a soft feel in your mouth. It’s a gulpable blend, that’s for sure.


According to the guys at Vintage Berkeley, it’s reminiscent of a “Dry Creek Zin without the gobs overly-jammy fruit.” It’s fruity, but not mouth-puckery, sticky, jammy.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Casa Agricola HMR
  • Type: Red Blend (Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro–try to say that three times fast)
  • Origin: Alentejano, Portugal
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Price: $11.75
  • Alcohol content: 14%
  • When to drink: Give this as a gift when you go celebrate a friend’s housewarming party. Make sure you’re close by when it gets uncorked and poured, because it will go fast at a soiree.