2009 Vinho de Mesa Tinto

Robusto Wines : Portugal : International Wine Club
As Portuguese winemakers become more skilled at working with their native grape varieties, some fantastic single-varietal wines have resulted. However, most wine aficionados still firmly believes that Portugal’s best wines are its blends. Aragonez, Baga, Camarate, Touriga Naçional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Miuda, Castelão, Trincadeira : they all sound like tongue twisters to the uninitiated. Stick with these Portuguese grape varieties, though, and you find that they also offer an intense range of new flavors capable of reviving palates deadened by the onslaught of commercial Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. Robusto has combined the three native Portuguese grapes Aragonez, Camarate, and Tinta Miúda to produce a young and very easy drinking red. It features ripe red berry and cherry aromas with earthy, dark undertones and spice and vanilla. On the palate look for sweet ripe berry fruits, leather and loads of peppery spices. Medium-bodied and quite bright on the palate it lingers with smoked spices. Drink now through 2014. It’s good flavor profile will help it match with a variety of foods including meat, poultry and pasta dishes.

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