João Portugal Ramos Loios red 2011 Regional Alentejo
Grapes - Aragonez/Tempranillo (40%), Trincadeira (40%) and other varieties (20%).
Appearance - clear and bright with a medium intensity purple colour with a slightly clearer rim and some tears.
Nose - clean, youthful with medium intensity aromas of ripe red fruits, mainly ripe creamy strawberry, and plum, notes of blackberry and hints of dry vegetation.
Palate - dry, medium acidity adequately refreshing, medium minus tannin level totally resolved, medium plus alcohol. Medium flavour intensity precisely focused on a red and black fruits mix mainly resembling ripe strawberry, jammy plum, blackberry and juicy black cherry with just hints of spices and a herbaceous note. Medium length.
Conclusions (14,75/20) - good quality wine, all edges smoothed giving a very fluid, soft texture. Pretty linear, focused on primary fruit aromas, manages to be interesting and appealing for early drinking. The ensemble is balanced and juicy with a nice lush fruit but with no extraction extremes, which gives it a fairly lively character. This wine is a no brainer in terms of value, incredible quality for the price range, perfect for a day to day consumption. The light side aids perfect drinkability for hotter seasons, so drink now, it's not intended for ageing.
Approximate retail price - €2,99
Note: sample kindly provided by João Portugal Ramos