Very aromatic with notes of ripe black and red fruits. In the palate, juicy plums and dark berry fruit flavour with plenty of fresh yet fine tannins that take over at the finish, along with flavours of spice and liquorice.
The LAB Tinto is a Red blend. It contains: Castelão, Tinta Roriz, Syrah and Touriga Nacional.
Color: Dark red/burgundy
Scent: Heavy and alcoholic
Taste: Initially sweet with a slight black cherry/berry flavor followed by a rather bitter aftertaste.
I decided to grab this bottle of LAB Tinto simply because it had a little paper tent on the bottle that proclaimed it’s awesomeness:
Berliner Wein Trophy 2014
Challenge International Du Vin 2014
Mundus Vini 2014
Berliner Wein Trophy 2012
WineSpectator Top 30 Wines under $10 for 2011 & 2012
Vintage 2011: WineSpectator 86 Points
Vintage 2012: WineSpectator 88 points
Although I have never tried a Tinto, I figured the LAB Tinto would be a good bet with that laundry list of accolades. Sadly, I was mistaken.
The very first taste was…very bitter. Much more bitter than I expected. After a few sips the wine tasted much sweeter when it initially hit my tongue but the bitter aftertaste never went away.
This wine has won so many awards I don’t know what to say. Is it the wine? Is it my palate? I just don’t know. I CAN say that my wineseller did NOT recommend this one to me.
I did not pair this with any food.