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Júlio Bastos Dona Maria Reserva

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Júlio Bastos Dona Maria Reserva FOOD & WINE Wine Club Júlio Bastos Dona Maria Reserva
Winery Julio Bastos
Grape Alicante Bouschet
Year 2008
Country Portugal
Appellation Alentejo

$40.00 per bottle

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Júlio Bastos is one of the best producers in Alentejo, an up-and-coming region in southeast Portugal known for intense reds.
What You Need To Know
Good wine is being made all over Portugal these days, not just in the Douro Valley. Some of the most exciting wines are coming out of the Alentejo, where producers like Júlio Bastos are revitalizing old vineyards and planting international grape varieties. A case in point is this robust red, which combines three French grapes—Alicante Bouschet, Petit Verdot and Syrah—to create a robust, darkly fruity blend. The wine gets its deep color from Alicante Bouschet, a relative of Grenache whose juice—unlike most grapes, even red ones—runs red, not clear.
Smell It
Smell It
Black currant and savory black tea notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Bold plum and black currant flavors with mocha notes.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Hearty roasts, chops and stews of pork, lamb, beef or game.