YYC Wine of the Week - 2010 Monte Da Ravaquiera Prova
Available At: Highlander Wine and Spirits Marda Loop, Vine Arts Wine and Spirits, Ferocious Grape and Blackfoot Inn
Assessed By: Adrian Bryksa
YYC Wine heads to Portugal in search of value this week and we have sourced the 2010 Monte Da Ravaquiera Prova red blend. This wine is blend of primarily Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Trincadeira (Tinta Amarela) and is from the region of Alentejo in Portgual. It is vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with a quick maceration period designed to make a wine of great freshness. Lets see if the team from Agricola D. Diniz met their mark.
Eyes: In the glass, it has a purplish ruby red core with light + to medium opacity.
Nose: A nice bouquet of dried cherries, rhubarb, tomato leaf and spice cake.
Mouth: It has an old world style with a lightness on the body with bright acidity. Its distinct lack of oaking or oak treatment is a nice diversion as is its simplicity. The tannins are soft and powdery and for fruit, think leather tinged, dried dusty cranberries.
Conclusion: A pretty nice table wine that outshines most of its category mates at the sub $15 level. This wine won’t change your world in terms of complexity or depth but is a pretty easy drink that will make your pizza, pasta or perhaps some spicy piri-piri chicken sing. It is worth seeking out as an everyday drinker and at $13.60, it won’t hurt the wallet too bad even just to try it once. Recommended.
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