Red Wine 80 Alentejo

Red Wine 80 Alentejo
Alentejo, Portugal

Portugal has been hailed, by those wine buffs at Wine Spectator magazine, as “the most exciting wine place on the planet”. And rightly so. There is incredible value to be had, deliciously crisp, refreshingly original white wines, rich, robust reds and a heritage of winemaking excellence that goes back centuries.

While Portugal’s Alentejo region may be best known for producing corks, it also produces quality red wines. Alentejo reds are produced at both DOC and VR levels. Some producers of high-quality wines deliberately choose to label their wines as VR Alentejano, as the rules and regulations are less restrictive. The key grapes used here are Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Castelão. Alentejo reds tend to be rich and full bodied.

Eighty is a regional dry red Alentejo wine made from Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Castellan grapes. Garnet in color with an aroma of ripe, bright red fruits, firm tannin and a juicy acidity, this is a young, soft and balanced wine that is a fantastic choice for an everyday red. Red cherry and raspberry blend with tobacco leaf, black tea, graphite and dark earth.  A wonderfully balanced wine that is sure to please a wide range of red wine drinkers.

Pairing: This wine is ideally served at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses.

Appellation: Alentejo.

Varietal: Blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, and Castellan.

Price: $8.99