Tried this w/ John on Sunday:
1. AntonioMadeira DOP: Dao VinhasVelhas Serra do Estrela (12.5%; JosePastorSlctns) SantaMarinha/Portugal 2012: Med.color; rather earthy/dusty/loamy/chalky light grapey/herbal/stony bit quotidian nose; soft some sour/earthy/loamy/metallic light grapey/herbal/plummy rather coarse/clumsy flavor w/ light spiky/bitey tannins; med.short soft bit tangy/metallic fairly earthy/loamy light grapey/herbal finish w/ light bitey tannins; a rather coarse/oafish/dull/rustic peasant Portugese red w/ little redeeming qualities; way overpriced at $34.00 (AV)
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. AntonioMadeira is a Frenchman w/ Portugese roots who returned to Portugal, purchased an abandoned vnyd of old Portugese varieties in 2010, and started making wine using "natural" techniques. The wine showed no funkiness or defects you sometimes find in "natural" wines...just a boring/thourghly undistinguished red.
Tom