Herdade do Esporão, Vinho Regional Alentejano (Portugal) “Monte Velho” 2019

($9, Now Wine Imports):  Looking for value?  Look no further than this charming and substantial wine.  Weighing in at a modest 13.5 percent-stated alcohol, it delivers dark fruit flavors intertwined with spicy and earthy ones.  Suave tannins allow immediate enjoyment.  Good acidity keeps it fresh and lively.  It’s certainly hefty enough to hold up against grilled meat, but its charm keeps it from being overbearing.  For those who are interested, it’s a blend of Aragonez (40%), Trincadeira (35%), Touriga Nacional (20%) and Syrah.  But really, just look at the price!
93 Michael Apstein Feb 2, 2021