8 Great Wines of Portugal's Alentejo

Discovering Portguese reds


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2008 Fado 13.5%, $10

This smells rustic in a way with a certain coffee/tobacco combination that adds complexity to the core of lightly jammy, wild cherry fruit with some leather, earth, smoke and pencil lead thrown in for good measure. This is very soft on entry with some density on the tongue. A rich wine, seemingly soft but with enough acid, it’s just dense if not that big. A strange wine in that it really doesn’t expand much in the mouth, lacking the aromatics of the nose but delivering a lovely core of soft rich fruit. There’s not much follow-through on the finish, though the acidity returns with a light fruitiness on the finale. There’s some really interesting things trying to emerge, earth and mineral driven flavors; but this is wound up and may never fully express itself. 85pts.

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