Just turning in color, a wine that is beginning to mature. It has leathery texture over spice, ripe tannins and flavors of red fruit jelly. There is a bitter coffee character that melds easily into the tannins. It is a delicious wine, balanced and made for food.
Palmela is the region just south of Lisbon, producing light, fresh wines that are both great values and great everyday drinking. The strawberry fruit flavors are immediately appealing, freshened by the acidity.
The local variety in Palmela is Castelão, planted in vineyards in the peninsula just south of Lisbon. It is a distinctive flavor of bright red fruits, rhubarb acidity, a core of very dry tannin and vivid mint flavors. The end brings out jam, acidity and sweet juiciness.