Herdade Paço do Conde 2016 (VR Alentejano): the infallible blending of Rui Reguinga worthy of an earl

Alentejo it means beyond Tejo (river). This region and wine-region is located in center-south in Portugal (a beautiful country in Iberian Peninsula since from 1640). In this wine region we can find two different wine labels of different category: DOC Alentejo equivalent the (A.O.C and D.O. In France and Spain) and V.R Alentejano (Vinho Regional – Regional Wine) a lower category but not necessarily of lower quality.

Visually a very deep colour with a evolutionated border (3 month getting old between french and american oak barrels). Numerous and slow tears. Medium intensity in first nose for red bush in a april fresh meadow. A complex second nose : eucalyptus, smoked and mineral hints. A round attack (14 % vol.), Silky, fleshy and spicy developement with little ripe fruits, hearty and herbal mouthfeel. A good acidity for a good balance and a warm end with subtle oak notes.

A red grapes blend very well understood by Rui Reguinga (enologist in this winery located in Low Alentejo with 200 hectares). Aragonez in 4o % (aka Tempranillo, contributes the capacity of aging ), Trincadeira 4o% (give the acidity), Touriga Nacional 1o% (gives the structure) and Alicante 1o% (apporting that very deep color). Castelo Branco family propose a price of 7 € / 7'91$ +- perfect for charcuterie (pates, saucissons) or traditional alentejan Cozido (dish of boiled Portugueses sausages and vegetables almost always makes it to the dinner table ). Serve in 13º / 14º C.

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