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Monday, 22 October 2012

José de Sousa 2007

15.5 / 20
Producer: José Maria da Fonseca
Region: Alentejo
Country: Portugal

Tasted in a half-bottle, this red from Reguengos de Monsaraz has the distinctive feature of having been partially aged in some huge clay vases.

Pleasantly ruby to the eye, the nose has some nice wild red berries going, along with a more harder to pin down note - something more vegetable, mint-like.

Nice, average bodied in the palate, with really lively, dry tannins. These tannins, along with a fresh acidity give this a nervy, edgy feel that is very refreshing. Good red wild berries on the palate as well, the fruit being more on the acid side than on the sweeter, the end is average length.

A very gastronomic wine and a wine that will probably age well.

Tasted on 2012-08-11

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