2016 Adega de Almeirim Leziria Tinto - Portugal
Portugal is a treasure trove of honest, traditional old world wines that over deliver for the price. The Leziria does not disappoint. It’s a co-fermented filed blend blend of native Iberian varietals - 30% each of Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Castelao and Trincadeira with 10% “others” - which pretty much sums up their attitude towards winemaking, art over science! Full-bodied, but not heavy, with ripe black cherry flavors, a hint of violets and a firm, earthy, dusty finish., it pairs wonderfully with a nice Portuguese chorizo and bean stew, roasted meats or a firm, salty cheese like Queijo de Cabra Transmontano.