Monday, October 12, 2009

2007 Alentejano

2007 Aragones

2007 Aragonês de São Miguel dos Descobridores, Vinho Regional Alentejano

A wine of Portugal. It's time to explore other wine regions of the world and I'm keeping to my word. Because I always keep my word. Aragonês is Portuguese for tempranillo.

Dark colour, quite inky in fact, but with vivid purple edges. I decanted for 3 hours, and then double decanted back into the bottle. Playing around with my new decanter funnel. With a little chill, the fruit expresses itself beautifully. Dark fruits, berries and plums, developing a graphite aroma, and meaty, savoury character. Beautifully balanced as well.

In the mouth, this wine is delicious. The fruit has great purity, with lovely balance between the crisp acidity, fine tannins, and intense fruit. It leans towards jammy flavours, but the acidity balances out so nicely. The alcohol is imperceptible. Finishes slightly bitter, keeping things fresh and interesting. A beautiful wine, which is showing deliciously right now.

Good start. Alentejano is regarded as Portugal's New World region, but this wine shows all the balance you could ask for when marrying with food. Absolutely delicious.

DF

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