The 2014 Reserva Cartuxa is a 70/30 blend of Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira, aged for 15 months in new French oak. It comes in at 15% alcohol. This is seductively textured, caressing in the mouth and very focused. For the vintage, it has respectable concentration (although some parts of Alentejo were better in 2014 than in the rest of the country). The tannins are there but relatively ripe. This is a red that makes its way with freshness rather than big and sweet fruit. The winery got much of the fruit in before the rains and this turned out very well. A bit tight on the finish and still needing to develop more expressiveness, this can be approached right now, but give it a couple of years if you can. Its very fresh, somewhat tightly wound demeanor with good mid-palate finesse should make this work.