A big and brooding splurge from Alentejo, the Herdade dos Grous Moon Harvested Alicante Bouschet.
The influence of the moon over the tides and nature is well known. This Alicante Bouschet was harvested in accordance with this age-old principle.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Dense, dark and brooding, this is a powerful wine.
The 2016 Herdade dos Grous Moon Harvested Alicante Bouschet opens with a beautiful aroma full of lavender and dark fruit plus vanilla and baking spice. This is a big and rather brooding wine with lots of deep, dark flavors, wonderfully integrated spice and licorice, delicious blackberry notes and smooth and silky tannins. It ends dry, grippy and long with lingering licorice and black tea under the dark berries. Splurge-worthy!
As the label notes, the grapes are picked when the influence of the moon on the sap transport within the grape is at its highest. We're a bit skeptical as to how that is determined and whether it makes a difference at the end of the day but this is certainly a delicious wine.
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