2013 Quinta de Vale de Pios Excomungado
Lush and intense fruit with robust tannin from stems, not oak. Provides a great example of the components each grape brings to the bend. Touring Nacional- floral, blue fruit; Touring Franca- black fruit, tannins; Tinta Can- red fruit, juiciness, alcoholl; Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo)- red fruit and acidity. Overall the wine starts with rich blue fruit on the nose along with lavender, sage and violet. The palate is still juicy, but quite a bit drier than the nose lets on. Joaquim Almeida makes traditional wines and puts his own twist on them- unusually, this wine is made with whole cluster fruit and sees no oak.