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Wine Tasting Video: Four reds from the Alentejo August 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

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Ramos Reserva Red 2011, VR Alentejano (£8.49 Majestic)
Warm-hearted wine, full and rounded with juicy blackberry jam flavours tempered by an earthy plumminess. Maybe just a little jammy, and possibly too polished for some purists but this is a good glug. B+

João Portugal Ramos F’OZ 2011, VR Alentejano (£9.99 Waitrose)
A more relaxed, old-fashioned style that the Ramos Reserva, and all the better for it, with laid back, savoury notes to the dark berry and plum flesh, and notes of herbs and tobacco to add interest. S-

Azamor Red 2008 (£10.99 see below for stockists – Liberty Wines is the agent)
Soft, gentle and appealing style, with a warm earthy herbiness and a touch of molasses adding rustic charm to the fresh berry, plum and damson flavours. S

Azamor Selected Vines 2007 (£18.99 Vagabond Wines, The Fine Wine Company, West Mount Wine, Liberty Wines)
More concentrated than the regular Azamor, but is this trying too hard? There’s a too-late-picked raisinny feel to the fruit, and this plus a touch of brett dries out the finish and dampens the appeal. B-

Stockists of the Azamor Red 2008
Highbury Vintners, The Hampstead Butcher & Providore, Planet of the Grapes, North & South Wines, Vagabond Wines, Askewine, The Good Wine Shop, The Wine Factor, The Secret Cellar, The Butlers Wine Cellar, Eton Vintners, Cooden Cellars, The Jolly Vintner Too, Vinology, Hawkshead Wines, Scarlet Wines, South Downs Cellars, Bray Valley Wine, Pallant of Arundel, Miles Better Wines, Connolly’s Wine, Leamington Wine Company, Grape & Grind, Flourish & Prosper, West Mount Wine, Satchells of Burnham Market, Halifax Wine Co, Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants, Dalling & Co, The Wine Chambers, Conwy Fine Wines, Gwin Llyn Wines, Gwinology, The Fine Wine Company, Penicuik Wines, Aitken Wines, Harrisons Fine Wines, Wine Raks, Cornelius Beer & Wine, Santangeli, TheWineReserve.co.uk

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