charambaThe Aveleda family’s entry level wine. Very bright, fresh, red and black berries, smoke, and a hint of barnyard on the nose—enough complexity to keep you interested. But this is a Portuguese wine so there is a toughness to it even on the nose, a bit reserved.

On the palate, very nice fruit and spice and medium body but with structure–high acidity and sandy tannins that leave on overall rustic impression. Portuguese wines from the Douro tend to be very flavorful but dry and rugged with no concession to softness or sweetness. This is typical of that style and at a great price, a terrific everyday wine made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and other grapes that are also used to make port.


Score: 86

Price: $10

Alc: 14%