From time to time, I’ll meet wine lovers who want to tell me about their wine finds; these finds range in rare grapes, tastes, wine maker stories, and of course price. As these choice wine picks are shared with me, I then make it my mission to find ‘said wine’, to both see if I react the same way as those that turned me on to the wine in the first place did, and also to help me understand the palates of those I may share a bottle of wine with at some point in the future. It was a situation like this that led me to JP Azeitao Red 2012, a red wine produced out of Portugal.
This wine pick, a red blend of Castelão, Aragonez and Syrah, was suggested to me because of its low price and good taste. So, here comes my thoughts…
On colour, the JP Azeitao Red 2012 holds a deep ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of strawberry, plum and some spice is noted. On the palate, I found it clear that I was drinking a form of table wine, but not the table wine you’d drink willingly. It’s tastes of earthy tanginess, combined with a smattering of overripe fruit notes, made it hard to find a likable structure.
Though I did not add JP Azeitao Red 2012 to my ‘must buy’ list, my acquaintance did and so it goes to show that wine tastes lay within the palate of the beholder!
This wine retails at the LCBO for $8.95
We gave this wine a score of 1.5 out of 5