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40% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), 10% Castelão, 10% Alicante Bouschet

One of our favorite red wine values: medium-bodied, with a moderately concentrated palate of mature dark fruit (black plums, blackberries) with spicy and floral accents, a moderate amount soft tannin, but dry and fresh in acidity throughout.

This ancient estate is nestled in the sun-drenched hills near Alenquer, just northwest of Lisbon. The Tavares da Silva family has nurtured the vineyards over the years, and today their youngest daughter, Sandra, is making some of the most exciting wines in Portugal. Sandra has built a name for herself as a modern and mindful winemaker in the Duoro Region.

Traditional Portuguese Red wines are rarely single-varietal bottlings, but instead are complex field blends-almost always 5-6 grapes at a minimum, but sometimes up to 25 or 30. The family employs the traditional concrete lagares for fermentation, extracting just the right amount of flavor and color. Aromas of violets, ginger and fine-spices, and serious red fruit by fresh are followed wild berry fruit and a fine-bead of minerality on the palate. The wine is serious enough to be paired with the most elevated meals or age beautifully, but it's also fun enough for burgers on the grill.
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