Mouchao Dom Rafael Red Alentejo 2012

$13.99 (PA tax not included)

90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The second wine of the historic Mouchão estate, is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Aragonez. This contains less Alicante Bouschet than the top wine, while still having great power and concentration. There is a crisp feel, as well as plenty of acidity and forward black-currant fruit. It will be ready to drink from 2018.

Description

The fine, rolling landscape of Portugal’s Alentejo region, set between Lisbon and the Algarve, is dominated by cork forests and olive groves. In the early 19th century, Thomas Reynolds moved there from Oporto, chiefly to become involved in the cork business.

Three generations later, his grandson, John Reynolds, purchased a 900 hectare property with two small rivers running through it – Herdade do Mouchão. In addition to the family’s cork activities, he set about making wine. Vineyards were planted in 1901.

Today, the Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations. The process is, as it always has been, unhurried. The grape varieties are local, picked by hand and foot-trodden.

In the ever-changing world of winemaking, Herdade do Mouchão, remains a traditional, family-run winery.

http://mouchao.pt/

Additional information

Vintage / Year

2013

Country/Region

Alentejo, Portugal

Tasting Notes

A powerful wine, full of dense tannins and impressively ripe, juicy black fruits.

Food Pairing Tips:

Grilled beef, lamb and game meats, something with a lot of protein! Look to hard cheeses, stews and chili.

Grape / Varietal Type(s):

Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Aragonez

Alcohol by Volume

14%