Portugal is now producing some of the best value red quaffing wines on market today. This gem from Portugal, produced by Antonio Ventura, is no exception.
The Montaria is a blend of several local wine varietals, which gives the wine superior complexity for such an inexpensive price. Although the nose seemed a little bit angular for me, black cherry and ripe blackberry fruit assaults the mouth in a pleasant way.
Antonio’s 2011 Montaria one was a little bit rough for me although I do like big, tannic reds, lately I’ve been looking for wines with a little more bursts of fruit on the nose. On the nose, I got charcoal, ash, wet stone, and dark blackberries. On the palate, lots of blackberries and blueberries throughout. Black pepper and tar. Sm-oaky goodness with a burnt match finish. I think this was a very nice structured wine for 3.5 stars, but the wife absolutely loved it for 4.5 stars – hence the rating. I think this will improve given more time in the bottle and/or the glass.