Friday, April 11, 2014

Herdade do Rocim 2009 Ohlo de Mocho Reserva, Portugal

Portugal

A birthday is a time for great surprises. We had one recently when helping the Cabinator celebrate his birthday. Glorious T had stopped by Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee earlier in the day during their weekly wine tasting.

Catarina Vieira, owner and winemaker of Herdade do Rocim was there and charmed GT with her Herdade do Rocim Ohlo de Mocho Reserva. She bought a bottle, had it autographed by Catarina and popped it that evening as we toasted the birthday boy.

Portugal makes some great red wines. I’m not a fan of fortified wines, so I don’t fully appreciate Port. But the Touriga Nacional grape makes some expressive wines – and at a “still undiscovered” price.

The Ohlo de Mocho Reserve is a blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet. The wine is aged for 12 months in a combination of French (80%) and American (20%) oak. It is from Alentejano, Portugal.

This deep, dark wine is a melodious red with wafts of perfumed aroma. It is well constructed with loads of dark fruit balanced with vanilla and oak. It’s a great red without following the typical flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon – a winning wine.

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