Thick and ripe, this muscular red shows plum, prune, licorice and menthol flavors over full, thick tannins. Has more power than elegance, but offers distinctive character. Drinkable now, but could improve by 1999. –TM, Wine Spectator Magazine, Oct 1997.more info No comments
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Gorgeous. Seriously aromatic, this Spanish red explodes with toast, smoke, coconut and vanilla aromas and flavors, with plenty of ripe fruit notes beneath. The tannins are big but beautifully framed, the wine is concentrated but completely harmonious and should improve for a decade. 9,000 cases made. –TM, Wine Spectator Magazine, June 1997.more info No comments
Bodegas Don Juan (Valle del Maule, Chile) Lucatoni Vineyards (Valle del Maule, Chile) Located 250 km (155 mi) south of Santiago, this traditional and long overlooked wine valley—the largest and one of the oldest—has attracted renewed and much-deserved attention of late. Old-bush, dry-farmed vineyards that predate the memories of those who tend them now produce exciting, naturally balanced field blends of Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and other yet to be identified varieties. Newer plantations include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenere with bright acidity and juicy fruit. More info: http://www.winesofchile.org/chilean-wine/wine-regions/maule-valley/.more info No comments
Bodega Enoforum (Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal) Alentejo is Portugal’s largest political region, encompassing about one-third of the country. It’s also the least densely populated region in Portugal. About 10 percent of Alentejo is devoted to vineyards. Much of the rest is used for growing cereal grains and olives. Alicante is located in southeastern Portugal, stretching from the River Tagus, north of the city of Portalegre, south to Serpa and the Algarve. The area’s extreme climate has challenged winemakers for centuries; summer temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and lack of rain is a chronic problem. Fortunately, irrigation systems and updated harvesting and winemaking equipment are tipping the scales in favor of winemakers, and the quality of Alentejo wine is improving as modernization and innovation spread. The Alentejo has led the way in Portugal’s wine revolution. Aside from the many tourist attractions in the region (such as the towns.more info No comments
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