Luis Duarte, the most celebrated winemaker in the Alentejo region of Portugal, owns and runs Monte Do Carrapatelo. The grapes for this selection come from his estate and are a blend of Aragonez (Portugal's version of Spain's Tempranillo grape), Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional varieties.
We love grapes whose stories are as fascinating as the wine itself. Take, for example, the cross-cultural Alicante Bouschet grape. Grown in Southern Portugal, the grape was bred by Henri Bouschet, a Frenchman, in the late 1800s. His new grape produced higher yields without sacrificing flavor and color. It was such a huge hit that, at the time, it was the single most planted varietal in France.
Henri Bouschet gave the grape his name, along with "Alicante," referring to a wine-producing area in Spain. How Alicante got into the mix is anybody's guess, as no one seems to know.
We're still trying to figure this out, but maybe there's no need to. The important thing is that Alicante Bouschet grapes, combined with Aragonez and Touriga Nacional grapes, make truly outstanding wine.
This selection is gorgeous and tantalizing, with exotic fruit and spice. Here is the perfect blend, aged nine months in new French oak barrels to impart roundness and depth to the wine.
Touriga Nacional is the supreme grape of the Porto area and it certainly shines through here. The complex expansiveness that it adds to Port is evident, matched with the richness of the Alicante Bouschet. This is a rare treat and one you won't soon forget, as you won't be able to wait for your next sip.