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Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2021

Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2021

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  • Estremadura - Portugal
  • 2021 - Alicante Bouschet
  • 13.0 % Alc - 750 ml

As Wine Spectator writes, in Portugal “prices are superb and quality has never been better.” Leading the way are winemakers like José Neiva, winner of the Premhio Senhor de Vinho (aka ‘The Mr. Wine Award’) by the country’s top wine magazine, in recognition for his major contributions to Portuguese wine.

José’s friends called him aluado (moonstruck or crazy) when he decided to make a pure Alicante Bouschet. But competition successes followed with an impressive list of awards. In recent years, it’s won four 90+ point scores, 22 gold medals, a double-gold medal and been named a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy three times. And the 2021 release is sure to follow in its footsteps…

Here’s wine guide Gilbert & Gaillard on the previous vintage: “Alluring nose of black fruits with herbal and white pepper touches. Lovely robust, fruity palate with a perfectly integrated tannin backbone.

Considering the effort José puts into the wine, the acclaim is well deserved. The Alicante Bouschet grapes grow at José’s Quinta do Porto Franco estate, 40 miles north of Lisbon. Here, he keeps a watchful eye on the vineyards, where plenty of sun and cooling Atlantic breezes help grapes ripen slowly, boosting the development of aromatic and flavor complexity. In the cellar, José gives the wine just a touch of oak aging, for lightly toasty finesse.

Aluado has long been a favorite among our customers, so you’ll have to be quick to secure your share.

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