PORTUGAL : ALTENEJO : PORTALEGRE
Grand Noir de la Calmette, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Castelão, Aragónez, Arinto, Fernão Pires
MED-BODIED, STRAWBERRY, BLACK CHERRY, ORANGE PEEL, LICORICE, EARTH, USED OAKThe complex, elegant, and even — dare we say it — Burgundian (??) wines of Vitor Claro and Rita Ferreira at Dominó Winery come from a small, old vine vineyard of co-planted varietals in the Portalegre district of Alentejo, which is known for its uniquely cool climate in an otherwise warm region. ‘Salão Frio’ is their first — and, to date, most important — wine. A true pleasure to drink, it pairs well with a remarkable range of flavors, and is blessedly only about 11% alcohol (because just one glass is certainly not enough).
FOOD PAIRING: Thanksgiving
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ARGENTINA : MENDOZA : VALLE DE UCO
FULL-BODIED, BLACKBERRY, PLUM, RED BELL PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, MINT, CLOVE, CHOCOLATE, OAK
ECOLOGY : Organic, Sustainable
LIGHT BODY, RED FRUIT, SILKY, LIGHT TANNIN, CHERRY, BAKING SPICE, OAK
FOOD PAIRING: Poulty, Pork
Rich, ripe, and ruby red notes on the nose and palate. Spice and berries are well-rounded with the smooth hints of oak and tannin.
ITALY : ABRUZZO : MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO