Encostas Do Bairro Red Wine NV

Wine of the Month Club, $12.99

Aaron:  I enjoyed this bottle and have to say thanks again to my best friend Brian for the membership to WOM!  A mild, fruity smell with cocoa and plum led to an creamy flavor of chocolate covered strawberries.  There was a hint of sparkling salt and spice which was unique but not overwhelming, followed by a tiny bite on the finish.  Ultimately, this bottle has a great presence on the palate and won me over.  91 points

Teri: Flavors of berry, grapefruit, mild spice, and oak make this bottle unique and caught my attention upon first sip. The flavors are powerful and linger on the palate for some time after the original swallow. Just make sure to give this bottle some time to breath and release many of its unique characteristics. A great bottle to pair with creamy cheeses. 90 points


2 Copas 2011 (Syrah/Tempranillo Blend)

Wine of the Month Club, $21.99

Teri: I tasted a lot of ripe strawberry flavor with berry and a slight smoke and oak finish. The flavor is full and lingers pleasantly on the palate. The tannins are full but smooth. This bottle would be great with full strong meals, pastas, meats, or lamb. The fruit and earthy flavors are balanced well to accompany any occasion. 91 points

Aaron:  There was a potent, intense smell to this Syrah blend.  Raspberry balsamic initiated an open flavor which made me think of a hollow sphere.  Spice and fruit surround a light center, which evaporated.  The flavors honestly seemed like fruity gummy chewies (fruit snacks, not gummy bears).  90 points