2015 José Maria da Fonseca Alentejo José de Sousa, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Portugal is a great source for value in the wine world.  This wine provides exceptional value.  It is a blend of 52% Grand Noir, 33% Trincadeira, 15% Aragonês fermented in clay amphorae.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  the nose is nice with black raspberries, baking spice, dates and slight chocolate.

2014 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet.  Purple /ruby in color.  The nose is warm with black raspberries, raisins, dust and spice.  On the palate, this seems a bit cooler.  Cherries with dry earth.  Its a big fruity wine.  Some warmth on the finish.  There is some complexity here and light tannins.  It will take heartier foods.  These are pretty unique grapes so its not clear how well this ages.  Probably best to drink the next five years.  Still, for around $20, this is a nice value.