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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Tilia Malbec 2012 ****

Mendoza, Argentina

Price: $7.99
Grapes: Malbec
Alcohol: 13.5%

From the Bottle: “Tilia, the Latin name for Linden, is a traditional tree in Mendoza whose flowers are used to make a relaxing herbal tea, enjoyed after a long day’s work among the vines. The choice of this historic tree to represent our wine reflects a commitments to the traditional way of life in Mendosa, where most farmers bike or walk to work and live with their families near the winery and vineyards.  Tilia is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Eastern and Southern regions of Mendoza.  Tilia Malbec shows concentrated black cherry and plum fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of spiciness and a soft supple finish.”

A says:
Rating: ****
Color   Deep red, almost black, with cherry edges
Smell   Blackberries
Taste  This is a dry, bitter wine with a slightly acid finish.  It’s nowhere near as fruity as I expected.  Still, while dry, bitter, and acid might sound bad, I thought it was quite good, and the price was outstanding.  I would pair it with red meat.

D says: 
Rating: ****
Smell   Cherry with caramel overtones
Taste   I found this wine to be very smooth, with just a little bite at the end.  It has a nice hint of pepper that rounds out the flavors.  I would definitely buy it again.

Verdict: The main question here is, why are the farmers drinking herbal tea after a long day’s work making this wine?  Clearly they should be relaxing with a nice glass of Tilia Malbec, rather than some flowery tea!  Here’s a wine that proves that a good bottle can still be found for under $10.

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