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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Lobo Mau Castelão / Touriga Nacional Reserva 2008

15.5 / 20
Producer: Casa Agrícola Assis Lobo
Region: Setúbal
Country: Portugal

From a small producer in Palmela, this blend of Castelão and Touriga Nacional is an interesting and gastronomic wine. Clear garnet in color, the bouquet starts with lots of oak, vanilla notes that later open up to some nice dark plums, with the Castelão giving these some intensity and ripeness.

Quite soft and rounded in the palate, showing some nice black fruit notes and a marked, fresh acidity that makes it a very worthwhile wine to partner with food. The oak is also more hidden in the mouth than in the nose, which adds to its food friendliness. Good, fruit-forward but dry ending that has a decent persistence.

Tasted on 2012-05-14

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