Region: Alentejo (Estremoz)

Varietal: Red

Vintage: 2012

Winemaker: Júlio Bastos

Grape Varieties: Alicante Bouscbet (100% Very Old Vines)

Tasting Notes: This wine from selected grapes of old Alicante Bouscbet vines, dedicated to my father; foot-trodden in marble tanks with temperature control, has been slowly matured during 14 months in new French oak barriques. This wine shows a dark ruby color with dark plum, kirsch, blackberry and chocolate aromas. Silky and intense finish, with round matured tannins.


Wine Advocate: 96 Points

The 2012 Alicante Bouschet Jb opens with a remarkable feeling of concentration in its youth. The Grande Reserva, also reviewed, is nicely concentrated. This takes it up another notch. It’s never jammy --so don’t misunderstand. It’s just built for the long haul. A bit too oak-affected at the moment, that will recede easily as the wine goes on its journey in your cellar. Beautifully structured, too, it has moderate tannins and a lingering finish. This is not even close to showing everything it has, although it is surprisingly graceful and approachable. What it lacks just now is expressiveness and complexity. That will only come in time. It is mostly about the potential now. I am still leaning up. If you can afford to pop these rare and pricey bottles now, feel free. But it should start becoming more interesting around 2020-2023. I’m betting that this will make old bones. There is no rush. There were 3,500 bottles produced.

Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points CELLAR SELECTION

Dedicated to the producer’s father, this 100% Alicante Bouschet is superbly ripe and rich without overwhelming. It has the dark black colors of the grape that are followed by full-bodied black fruit flavors and impressive spice and pepper flavors.