Another one from Naked Wines, I know, I know, but it is just seeing those screw tops make me want to open them first over corked bottles. However, there was another reason why I wanted to try and review the 2012 Montaria Vinho Tinto Red Wine, which was because the back of the bottle listed three grapes that are blended to make this wine and I have never heard of any of them, or so I think.
The wine is made up of 40% Alicante Bouschet, 30% Trincaderra, and 30% Aragonez and all are grown in Portugal. I always like trying new wines, hence this site, and always like trying new grapes in wine. It’s logical. So before we get into taste what are these grapes?
Alicante Bouschet, according to Wikipedia, is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache. It is interesting to see that this was heavily planted during the prohibition to export to the east coast because it had a thick skin and would have less chance to rot during transportation. The Trincaderra grape has been used in Port wine production and rots easily. And Aragonez is just a tricky name for Tempranillo.
The only tasting notes from the website say it is “Dense, bold fruit that’s still incredibly easy to chug-err… drink.” It however is highly rated by those who bought it and 90% say that they would buy it again. Of course, for $7.99 anyone might buy it again.
So how did it do?
Color – Deep dark purple almost inky but it did have just a hair of transparency.
Nose – Blackberries and rhubarb with notes of tobacco. I don’t know if it is me or the wines I am picking but I keep getting tobacco.
Taste – A tad bit on the jammy side, which I am not a fan of, some earth tones and has a real heavy mouthfeel. It also has a good amount of tart to it.
Finish – It lasts a lifetime.
Overall, very good for only being $7.99 and from halfway across the country. For me, it was nearly free from the website. I would recommend this to someone who was into different types of grapes and didn’t want to break the bank or travel abroad.
Rating: B- (81)