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.