The 2009 “LOIOS” RED is Ramos’ familiar entry level entrant, a blend of Aragones, Trincadeira, Castelao. It is quite nice this year, showing good depth, focus and some power. The fruit remains rather straightforward and sweet, but a little youthful power and the focus gives it a real wine feel. The alcohol (listed at 14%) did seem a bit noticeable at times, but not too intrusive. Given the price point—this is a lot of wine. It will be at its best over the next year or two. Drink now-2013. This lineup is often a good source for values in Portugal. This year’s releases are no different, and perhaps better than most in that regard. There are a lot of beautifully constructed wines here that are charming and inexpensive (ignoring the Reserva “MARQUES DE BORBA,” which has spiked up dramatically in recent years to levels many might find unrealistic). The Vila Santa Reserva Tinto and the Marques de Borba regular Tinto are certainly best buys, but there are good cases to make for the monovarietals and the Loios wines as well.Importers: for Loios, Vila Santa and Quinta da Vicosa brands: Winebow, Inc., Montvale, N.J.; tel: (201) 445-0620; for Marques de Borba brand: Signature Imports, Mansfield, MA; tel: (800) 669-0750 (in New England, New Jersey, N.Y.) and HGC Imports, San Jose, CA; tel: (408) 947-8511 (for Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado).