The Quinta da Alorna estate (Portuguese site only) has a long history.
It was founded all the way back in 1723 by Pedro de Almeida, a Vireroy in India (no less) at the time.
This Vinho Tinto Ribatejano (2004), is a 4 grape blend of Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), Castelao, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet.
This last grape has an interesting history:
"In 1824, Louis Bouschet crossed Aramon with an ancient red-juiced vinifera variety, Teinturier du Cher, naming the result Petit Bouschet. In 1865, Louis' son Henri continued his on father's path, crossing Petit Bouschet with Grenache to create Alicante Bouschet" as told by Winepros.
All in all this red blend offers ripe fruit and soft tannins.
I enjoyed it with some Taleggio, a creamy soft cheese from Italy, retails around $10-$11.
Want to learn more about wines from this region check the Ribatejo Wine Route courtesy of Vini Portugal. The map includes restaurants as well as wineries.
I chose this ancient tree displayed on the Quinta Da Alorna site as an illustration.
I found it to be a fitting symbol for the winery deep roots.
Last Portuguese Wine Notes: Without Fados, Groval 'Touriga Nacional', Simply Red Wine