Esporão Monte Velho 2011 **

Alentejano, Portugal

Monte Velho

Price: $9.99
Grapes: Trincadeira (40%), Aragonez (40%), Castelão (20%)
Alcohol: 14%

From the Bottle:  “The wine shows integrated spicy ripe fruit and oak characters, with a balanced and well rounded palate, good body and a soft tannic structure.”

A says:
Rating: **
Color   Purple with rosy edges
Smell   Musty cough drops
Taste   This wine is dry, with a bit of  butterscotch that really could be great. Unfortunately, it’s also sour to a degree that is downright unpleasant. I had a hard time finishing my glass.  Definitely two stars.

D says: 
Rating: **
Smell   Grape
Taste   It’s acidic.  The sour flavor overpowers anything else.  It’s drinkable, but not very good.  I also give it two stars.  I wouldn’t go for seconds.

Verdict:  The monotone black label reminds us of the monotone acid flavor.  Even with a $10 price tag, this wine still isn’t worth it.  It wasn’t so bad we couldn’t drink it, but it was bad enough that we weren’t really interested in finishing it.  In fact, there’s some still left in the bottle, and it’s probably going down the sink.  That said, it did contribute to an absolutely delicious shepherd’s pie recipe – so it gets high marks for cooking.

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