Clear, bright, medium-full ruby with some black-purple tint. Clean, medium intensity aromas: tons of fruit, cooked fruit, black cherry, raspberry, floral. Dry, medium body, medium tannin, medium-low to medium acidity. Flavors of dark fruit, blackberry, plum, baking spice. A rich, medium-long finish. Would pair well with olive tapenade, chili (though avoid something too spicy), barbeque, or chocolate torte.

WHO: Herdade do Mouchão
WHAT: Alicante Bouchet, Trincadeira, Aragoñez
WHERE: Alentejo, Portugal
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $14

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