Single Bottle - Magnum - 1.5 Liters
The 2012 Tinto Sonhador Howard's Folly is a blend of Syrah (50%), Alicante Bouchet (40%) and Touriga Nacional (10%), aged for nine months in a 60/40 mixture of new and used oak (half French, half American). It comes in at 14% alcohol. All sourced from Portalegre at 500 meters high, this is what people say you should get in this cooler subregion in the northeastern end of Alentejo. The wine is bright and silky, high in acidity, moderate in depth and without a trace of jam. It is more Dão than stereotypical Alentejo. Showing a little tart on opening, it pulls that in but then adds some power. Laced with attractive black cherry nuances on the tight, tense and gripping finish, this is very much a food wine. It doesn't lack for intensity of flavor, but the flavors are always lifted and it revolves around its structure. It has a very cool climate feel to it. I really liked this well-priced Tinto, but remember that it will likely do best with food. This is a late but current release.
Intense and deep red with blackberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas with hints of dried rose petals and sandalwood. Full-bodied, dense and layered with lots of spice and berry character on the finish. Big and juicy, yet there's a linear line of tannins flowing through it. A blend of syrah and alicante. Drink now.