In the Henry’s Seven, this addition of the aromatic white grape viognier has given the blend a fragrant lift of some extra pepper and enhanced the violet aromas. These are joined by fresh plum and more earthy, spicy characters. It has also allowed the wine to retain its youthful purple hued vibrance and added its weight to the fuller body.
The 2015 (13% alc./$10.00) starts with an intense dark red in the glass. There are strong aromas of ripe purple plum and dark cherry, with tastes of black licorice (which gives it a slightly medicinal taste), cherries and ripe strawberries. The tastes become more complex and smoother as the wine opens.
The 2017 (13.5% alc.) is an easy to drink wine with a dark ruby red color in the glass. There are aromas of earth, spice and black fruit. The wine has a smooth taste of ripe fruits and toast, with light tannins and just the right amount of acidity.
The grape varietals used to produce this pleasant-drinking wine include Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bigode Red Blend wine from Lisbon, Portugal is an interesting sipper that catches your eye on the store shelf with a whimsical label of a dog sporting a rather large bigode (the word for mustache in Portuguese). The wine is a product of Portuguese winemaker José Neiva Correia who established DHJ Vinhos well over a decade ago, and has grown his enterprise to 40 different wine brands and over 100 types of wine.
New Mexico is the oldest wine producing region in the United States, yet many people aren’t aware it exists. Although there are many great wines to choose from in New Mexico, here are 3 wines that are worthy of a taste: