I only had this bottle because it came in the Off The Beaten Track mixed case. I would never have bought it because I usually do not like this grape.
I opened it last night to pair with a pork loin dish with stir-friend vegetables with some added chorizo (the MAGIC ingredient) so I wanted something suitably structured to match.
Oh WOW! This is beautifully mature, rich and tobacco-ey red, which slipped confidently into my life and completely wrapped me in its many velvety layers. I may have a bit of a crush! Having been part of a mixed case I assumed it would cost at least twice as much as it does.
Do you know Alicante Bouschet? It is a rare grape with not just dark skin but also red-tinted pulp (most red grapes still have clear pulp, hence needing to keep the red skins in contact with the liquid when making red wine). This ‘teinturier’ grape is/was used to give colour to blends, and was not really known as a quality grape on its own. Nothing I knew about this grape, however, prepared me for what was in the glass.
I’ve no idea where this perfectly aged wine was sourced from, but I gather there is more coming soon, and I would love to know what you thought of it.
Note: it is already mature, so you need to like this sort of evolved notes (like me) as it is not ‘fruity’, and it may not be something to keep for many more years, but if you want to try something ‘ready to drink’ this is worth a try!