Herdade Paço do Conde Red 2008 Regional Alentejano
Tasted January 2012
Grapes - Aragones, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance - clear wine, with a medium plus intensity ruby colour, showing very little tears and a slightly softer rim.
Nose - a clean youthful nose with a medium intensity aromatic profile. A mainly fruity fresh nose from the red fruits family, distinctively some cherry, strawberry and raspberry, a very slight hint of vanilla and some toasty notes.
Palate - the wine is dry, has medium acidity but still refreshing, medium minus tannin level totally resolved and out of the way, a warming medium alcohol level and light medium minus body. The flavour keeps showing fresh red fruits, mainly cherry and strawberry a little redcurrant, one can also feel a ripe green bell pepper note and right at end some light pungent notes came into play resembling black pepper. Medium minus length.
Conclusions (14,5\20) - well made wine showing good quality level, not too much concentration, but the fruit is well defined and fresh. The light body makes it a good food companion and the soft silky tannins makes it a nice drink at the present time. Approximate retail price will stand at 5€ so presenting a nice quality price ratio. Drink now as this one is clearly not intended for ageing.