A nicely balanced and harmonious red blend from Portugal, the Cartuxa Evora Colheita Tinto.
A blend of 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 40% Alicante Bouschet and 20% Trincadeira from vines over 30 years old in Alentejo, Portugal. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels as well as another 9 months in bottle before release and has just 1.2 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The wine has an SRP of $25 and is available for as low as $17. It is imported by Tri-Vin Imports Inc.
The wines take their name from the Carthusian monks, who since 1598 have lived a life of solitude and prayer in the Monastery of Santa Maria Scala Coeli. The reds are a blend of the Alentejo’s most traditional grape varieties: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Tinta Caiada.
Aged in oak, the wines are elegant, with good structure, which combine the aromas of the grape varieties used and give a persistent and complex flavour.
Produced and Bottled by Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida at Adega Cartuxa
The 2016 Cartuxa Evora Colheita Tinto begins with a pleasing aroma of black cherry, plum, raspberry and spice along with nice touches of leather and vanilla too.
Tasting the wine reveals lots of juicy dark fruit with good depth of flavor plus continuing touches of spice, leather and vanilla. Smooth in the mouth and a bit tannic, this is a really pleasing blend. Overall we found it to be nicely balanced and harmonious.
It ends dry, a bit chewy, and long and is especially good after it has a few hours to open up.
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