Torre Do Frade Reserva 2007 Alentejano Portugal
Blend of Trincadeira (33%), Alicante Bouschet (50%) and Aragonez (17%)
Deep ruby core, consistent through the wine fading slightly at the rim
Medium+ intense bouquet of ripe red fleshed fruits with Doris plums, black berries and suggestions of date; soft yet distinctive oak spice, chocolate, mild vanilla and toast - overall attractive and enticing. On the palate - bold, dry, fruity, spicy and youthful. The most distinctive component is the texture with tannins (firm through fine), acidity (medium+) and warmth from the alcohol - showing their measure first; flavors of dark red fruits - some fresh some drying - then suggestions of cacao, earth and fresh coffee bean. A balanced and well made wine with a masculine, youthful side and a richness with concentration leading to a fairly lengthy finish.
A wine that would find appeal with northern California red wine fans as well as those looking to venture into Portugese wine.