Sunday, January 11, 2009

To Portugal via Oregon

Tonight, we return to Portugal, with a 2006 Restoration Old Vine Red, from the Alentejano Region of Portugal, a new area to me.  To paraphrase their website, it is produced from three traditional “old world” grape varieties: Tina Roriz (aka Tempranillo) gives bright fruit and structure, Trincadeira Preta supplies beautiful aromas, and Alicante Bouschet (an offspring of Grenache) gives tannin and backbone.  This was another grab at Cost Plus for $10.

Well, this turned out to be a pretty darn good wine.  It surprisingly tasted like some of the quality pinot noir coming out of Oregon.  A wonderful mix of berry and bright fruit along with hint of old world earth.  Light to medium body with a miner-ally finish - really nice acidity.  Medium to long finish.  Very approachable and easy drinking.  No need to decant.  Will absolutely buy it again.  Yay!

No comments: