There has been an increasing number of wines coming our way in Canada from the Alentejano Region in Portugal. They have all been red wines.
The Monte da Ravasqueira is a blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet.
As for aromatics there is some black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and some spice. On the palate very smooth with very little tannic impact. Notes of cranberry and Bulgarian cherry jam. The finish is short with just a hint of pepper. This is a solid wine which is well made and laid back like it is not trying to dazzle but simply trying to be your friend. It is good for sipping but even better with food. The label says good with grilled dishes and salads. I would say specifically with grilled pork, beef, octopus and chicken. As for salads I would think a field tomato or octopus salad.
There is no wood involved in the wine which gives it a degree of honesty and straightforwardness. Drink by the end of 2022.
(Monte Da Ravasqueira 2019 Classico, Vinho Regional Alentejano, $13.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 54842, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).