Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: ***+ $ Tinto da Anfora Alentejano, Portugal, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts, October, 2010: Made from a blend of grapes from Portugal's southern Alentejano region, Tinto da Anfora Alentejano, Portugal, 2006, is finished for about a year in small oak barrels.

By way of background: This is finished at 14.% alcohol.  For the record, the blend is arogonez 50%, touriga nacional 30%, trincadeira 10%, alfrocheiro 5% and (more familiar) cabernet sauvignon 5%.

In the glass: Tinto da Anfora is deep burgundy, opaque in the middle.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Portuguese red blend shows a full and fruity middle with deep oak overtones.  New world luscious fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a fat, chuggable, almost luscious, mid-palate fruit.  Lightly supporting tannins and no notable acids. 

In summary: Overall, a full, leisurely, almost contemplative experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its reach towards profundity.  I believe this has been served well by the couple of years of additional cellar age in the bottle, bringing it to four years from vintage date.   Awesome best value.

Following long decant, one week kept cool under vacuum:   Aromas have grown more muted, acids have picked up a bit, but still solid.  I preferred right from bottle with brief decant.

Updated review, over a year later, now five years from vintage,  October, 2011:  Consistent color.  Inky purple coming through on the nose.  Yummy, chewy and rich on the palate. Some gentle brightness on the finish.  Tinto da Anfora is still an awesome value.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Held its stuffing nicely.  Deep, red, rich and softly bright.

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