|Scamper, circa late 1970's|
|Action shot of Scamper|
and her beloved basketball.
So it was a no-brainer that I'd jump at a bottle of wine called Lab Red Wine (2012, 13%, Portugal), right? This particular red blend hails from Portugal, which I love because that's one of the wine regions I don't normally find wines from. It's extremely affordable, around $10 a bottle and is made up of varietals that were new to me: Castelão (35%), Tinto Roriz (25%), Touriga Nacional (15%). These are all well known Portuguese grape varietals, but not ones that I regularly run across. There was one grape I was familiar with though: Syrah, which makes up 25% of Lab Red.
The nose on this Lab was full of very ripe cherries and a bit of leather. It tasted of dark cherry and black plum at first, and then evolved to some mocha coffee. There were hints of dark green spices as well. The tannins were on the strong side, but they were smooth, so that kind of took their bite away. Overall, it was a bit warm in my mouth, which may have been the tannins from the Touriga Nacional, which is a rather tannic grape. 1 I was very happy to have discovered some new grapes though - new grapes, new tastes, dog themed wine....it's all good! Good doggie!
Buy this wine if you like your reds with a fruity bite. I wouldn't call it a fruit forward wine - more like a "fruity wood and spice" wine. It would pair with lots and lots of different foods, so would be ideal for a pot luck party or buffet party. Or you could cuddle up with your own doggie and enjoy it on its own. Woof.
Check out my other Empty Nest Series Posts: Chloe Pinot Grigio and Fred's Red.
1 "Casa Santos Lima." Casa Santos Lima. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.