Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In case you haven't heard, Portuguese wines are hot, hot, hot right now.
And for good reason. The quality is high and the prices very reasonable.
The folks at Natural Merchants have done it again.
They have imported another delicious wine made from organic grapes.
These are organic wines that you can not only feel good about drinking, additionally, the quality makes you feel absolutely decadent.
Casa de Mouraz was the first winery to practice organic farming in the famed winemaking area of Dao in Portugal. The Dao is a mountainous region in the middle of Portugal that produces some of Portugal's best wines.
Antonio Ribeiro and his partner Sara Dionisio (how awesome is that last name for a winemaker?) make the wines from 13 hectares of vineyards that coexist with pine, oak and chestnut forests.
Air red wine 2006 $14.99
Dark ruby color. Flavors of blackberries, plum tarts and dark chocolate. Spicy aromas of cinnamon and clove. Refreshing acids on the finish help lift the flavors. Amazingly rich flavors for 13.7% alcohol.
This wine is a sure crowd pleaser.
Pair it with chipotle braised short ribs or fresh grilled sausages.
So deliciously spicy, you won't believe that this wine was fermented and aged in steel tanks. I could have sworn there was some neutral barrel aging.
Air is a blend of the following grapes: Tempranillo, Alicante-Bouchet, Trincadeira, Touriga-Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Buy it here.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 6:27 PM