Esporao Reserva Red Blend DOC Alentejo 2016
Made from a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this rather serious quaffer hails from the Alentejo region of Portugal.
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
"This is a full-bodied, rich wine from an estate with a 750-year history. The wine is built by a core of firm tannins, with generous, spicy black-fruit flavors filling it out. Drink now."
91 points - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Reserva red is roughly an equal blend of Aragonez and Trincadeira, with most of the last 20% being Alicante Bouschet and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged for 12 months in one-third new oak (60/40 American and French). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. The Alicante may be a smaller amount here, but it seems to mark the wine strongly in flavor. The assertive power from all the grapes gives this quite a serious backbone, but the mid-palate is well up to the task of matching it. The fruit lingers beautifully on the finish. This may age better than indicated, and there won't be much problem keeping it for about a decade."
Bergamota Private Selection Red Blend DOC Dao 2016
Made from a blend of 80% Touriga Nacional, 5% Tinta Roriz,
“Very deep mulberry core with black inflections. The rich and generous nose explodes with ripe cherries, pomegranate seeds, black chocolate and toasted walnuts. Showing slight signs of advancement already, the wine has leather and tobacco leaf notes. The lightly drying tannins are well integrated as is the medium acidity.” - Wine Enthusiast
Quinta de Chocapalhha Arinto 2016
Made from 100% Arinto and vinified in stainless steel, this is a very fun white for Spring!
“Sandra Tavares makes this wine at her family’s vineyard in the hills north of Lisbon, where Arinto grows particularly well. It produces a pale golden wine with firm, tangy orange flavor. This vintage is a little ricey in its toasted lees flavors, refreshed by a spritz of acidity. A clean white for clams roasted in garlic.” -Wine & Spirits