*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Enoforum Wines.
The friendly folks at Enoforum Wines, whom I visited on my trip to Portugal last year, recently sent me some of their current release wines. Since Matt drank the ones I so carefully packed into my suitcase and took all the way across the ocean back home with me while I was pregnant, I was happy to have the chance to try them again! We opened up the 2006 Alentex Trincadeira Argonez the other night. I believe that in future vintages the Alentex brand will be the Alente brand. The wine had a real cork closure (of course!), clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, and I believe it retails for somewhere around $8-$9. At the price point, I find the wines from Enoforum to be an excellent bargain, plus, they can help you cross some grapes off your Century Club list!
On the nose I found spice, pepper, menthol, slight chocolate, dark fruits, plums, and raisins. In the mouth I got plums, cherries, pepper, spice, strawberry, and a little earthiness. We had this with a grilled marinated lamb dish. It went really well given the wine had plenty of tannins to marry well with the fat in the lamb. I recall eating quite a bit of lamb in Portugal as well and always enjoying the local red wines with them, so giving it a shot at home was a no-brainer!