Wine Grapes in the Spotlight


Today we’re profiling a wine grape of true substance. It’s an undisputed champion of depth in terms of both color and fruit. This grape gives new meaning to the word “inky” while retaining a grace and acidity that softens the powerful fruit on your palate. The grape is Alicante Bouschet.

Alicante Bouschet was created by Henri Bouschet in mid-1850s France. It’s a cross between Garnacha and Petit Bouschet. Known for its fleshy red berries and deep color, just a small amount of Alicante Bouschet in any blend will intensify a wine’s hue.
Portugal has demonstrated a knack for this varietal, with a growing emphasis in the Alentejo region. Winemakers have been flocking here for the past few decades, expressing a deep appreciation for the region’s rolling countryside and warm, dry summers. These winemakers have demonstrated significant skill with wrangling the notoriously high-yielding Alicante Bouschet. They’re showcasing the grape in blends and varietal bottlings alike. The varietal bottlings are truly special, presenting the possibilities of multi-dimensional depth in the absence of overpowering tannins.

Two to try from producers you’ll love:

Esporão AB Alicante Bouschet 2012

A varietal bottling made by rock star Aussie winemaker David Baverstock and Luís Patrão.

Herdade dos Grous Moon Harvested Alicante B 2015

Alentejo is a hot spot for wine travelers from around the world. Herdade dos Grous offers luxurious accommodations AND a great varietal bottling of Alicante Bouschet to pair with your Filet Mignon.  

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