SRP of $10 and available for as low as $9. Sample received for review.
From the bottle:
"Alente is a Portuguese red wine from the fast growing and up-and-coming region of Alentejo. It is a blend of Trincadeira and Aragonez grapes. These varieties ripen to perfection in the privileged Alentejo climate and combine with a deft use of oak to deliver an intense garnet colored wine, redolent of red-fruit and vanilla overtones. Alente Tinto is well balanced, rich and full-bodied, showing depth and softness of fruit. Alente is a versatile food friendly wine, but it goes especially well with grilled fish and red meat dishes.
I have to admit that we haven't reviewed nearly enough red wine from Portugal but we're out to rectify that. We previously enjoyed the Pocas Reserva Red Douro (An Elegant and Enjoyable Saturday Splurge) from Douro Valley as well as the Loios Vinho Tinto (Fruit, Fruit and More Fruit). Like the latter wine, today's selection hails from Alentejo and can also be had for under $10.
The 2009 Alente Red Trincadeira Aragonez Vinho Tinto begins with very nice raspberry, blackberry and vanilla aromas along with a little peppery spice. Tasting the wine reveals more excellent dark fruit flavors plus more nice spice. This wine is medium-bodied and has good balance with nicely integrated oak. It ends with more fruit, then peppery spice and finally more fruit. This really delicious wine would be a great match with everyday food and is a tasty and affordable option for a house red.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.