August 2017 Wine of the Month
The heat is full throttle now, and we’re certainly not cooking inside. The perfect evening includes marinated pork chops, slathered in garlic, herbs, and tossed on the grill, fresh farmer’s market corn on the cob, and summer salad with big juicy chunks of heirloom tomato and oil cured feta. What to drink? Brian Harrington’s got us covered with this juicy and rich red blend from one of our oldest wine growing regions.
Brian is a true artist and dedicated historian, and he seeks out pockets of the delightfully different. His latest obsession is working with Portuguese varieties, brought here by our earliest immigrants. This classic blend of Trincadeira (72%), Alicante Bouschet (14%), and TintaRoriz (14%) is modeled after the deep red wines of the Alentejo region in Portugal, where slow roasted suckling pig is also a specialty. Heady aromas of morello cherry, cedar, violet and smoked meats lead to rich blackberry, bacon, and a hint of rosemary on the mouth-coating palate. The wine is dense and velvety with a lingering finish. Brian only made 181 cases, and we got first dibs! Unfined, unfiltered, minimal sulfur additions, and aged for 9 months in old (neutral) barrel, this is good for the conscience and good for the grill. Serve at 65 degrees for the best refreshment!--Amy Mullally