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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.
Black currant and savory
black tea notes.
Bold plum and black currant
flavors with mocha notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Hearty roasts, chops
and stews of pork, lamb,
beef or game.