Appearance: This blend is dark red, with crimson highlights.
Aroma: An intense, mature red fruit nose, with hints of violets and "esteva" (a local Portuguese herb that has sweet, warm balsamic aromas with a hint of earthiness).
Mouth Feel: The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied elegance, with mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
Food Pairing: Serve at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep's milk cheeses.
Wine SpectatorA zesty red, with wild raspberry and cranberry notes, backed by white pepper and underbrush details. Modest tannins frame the crisp, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. 20,000 cases made.