Varietal: 50% Syrah; 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby red color with aromas of crushed fruit and smoke. Smoke flavors carries through to the palate with a subtle yet robust finish. Pairs well with meats, pastas, and roasted chicken.
Recommendations: I’d never had a wine from Brazil, so I was instantly interested in this wine when I saw it in the store. While I had certainly had Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blends before, this wasn’t anything like what I was expecting.
While I got a bit of crushed fruit on the nose and palate, the most prevalent aroma and flavors was a smokiness that I found very enjoyable. While I didn’t pair this with a meal (it had been a long weekend and I was just ready for some wine), I can imagine pairing this with grilled meat (especially if done over coals) or some roasted chicken – really anything with its own smoky flavor.
My only real complaint about this wine was that I got a bit of sediment at the end of the bottle which I always find annoying…especially when you don’t realize it’s there until it’s already in your mouth. Still, definitely one worth picking up and one that I’ll keep in mind for the next time I’m thinking of grilling meat.