Cantos Santos Lima 2018 Red Blend (Portugal)
So I'm a Portuguese red wine fan. I've been in love with wines from the Duoro Valley for many years.
I first fell in love with Portuguese dry reds from the Duoro Valley, which is mostly known for Port. That is changing and many vineyards are now growing the same grapes used in Port to produce dry red wines....and when these grapes are used to make dry reds, watch out!
From the Douro Valley, I started to move around Portugals wine regions, expanding first to Minho just south of 'Green Spain', and its famous white blend called Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde is a white, with a little frizzante (sparkle), that is great as an apertif, or just to enjoy in the middle of the day. From there, I tried wines from Dâo (central) to this wine from Lisboa (located in the Southern half of Portugal)
As you move from the North where they focus on Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, and Touriga Franc, the South focuses more on Alicante Bouchet and Trincadeira (Tinta Amarela) for red grapes.
Fun Fact-Alicante Bouchet is one of the only grapes that is purple on the outside and inside the flesh is red. Most grapes no matter the color of the skin, the flesh is clear....think about biting into a grape, you'd be shocked if the inside was a color!
Fun Fact-This wine is actually from southern Portugal in the Lisboa wine region, which is the largest wine region in Portugal.
(There's not a lot of information on this wine, so probably it's a combination of Alicante Bouchet, Trincadeira, and possible some other Portuguese varietals.
The legs are slow to form and roll down with medium thickness down the glass at about medium speed for this 13.5 ABV wine.
The color is red, but with purple hues so more magenta, and the wine is not clear like a pinot, but not as dark and thick looking as a cabernet. more like a merlot look for the body.
The smell is of blackberry, cherry, graphite, violet, boysenberry, fresh cut tobacco, and green fig.
the taste is of blackberry pie, tart raspberry, dark chocolate bar with blueberries in it, fresh blueberry coolie, and coffee.
Tannins are smooth, not too harsh, but continue to build to a dry almost eraser finish.
You first get the fruit qualities of cooked blueberry and fresh blueberry followed by dark coffee, and dark chocolate from it's 4 months in oak.
This wine is a 2018, but it is holding up extremely well. Wine Enthusiastic gave it a 90 pt score, now I don't put a lot of stock in their ratings, however they got this one right. A quality wine for cheap, cheap.
You can find this wine at Waterfront Wine and Spirits for 11.99