Every now and then we get something great tossed in our lap-- in this case, it's an under-the-radar, delicious Portuguese wine at a steep discount. Normally retailing at $19.95, we are passing the savings on to you and offering it on sale at $13.95. Pretty darn good for a 90-point, Wine Spectator Top 100 selection!
While more well known for their fortified eponymous wines, Portugal's 'regular' still wines give great insight to how their fortified cousins have fared so well over the centuries: the base wines are flat-out delicious. The potential for greatness is there: the terroir, the passion, the history; the components are available to make world-class wines. That this wine is as good as it is for such a reasonable price is a great sign for the future of Portuguese (non-Port) wines.
This Tinto (red wine) is comprised of 40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Tinto Roriz from the Douro region. The grapes are de-stemmed and gently crushed in stainless steel lagares (troughs) by robotized treading where the pre-fermentative maceration takes place at low temperature. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at the controlled temperature of 28ºC (82.4ºF). Maturation/Elevage occurs in 225 and 300 liter French oak barrels (2nd and 3rd year use) for 12 months.
The nose gives off scents of dark, spicy fruits, black plum, persimmon and pomegranate, violets and cedar. In the mouth the dark blue and red fruits continue with notes of black raspberry, cherry and black cherry. The tannins and overall structure are excellent and keep the wine buoyant and fresh. Touches of bramble, Earl Grey tea and a reiteration of the dark fruits make for a tasty, layered finish that lasts and lasts on the palate.
#84 on Wine Spectators Top of 2015
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This has a delicate core of violet, plum and red berry flavors that are broad yet well-defined. Medium-grained tannins gain power midpalate, with mineral and shiso leaf notes on the taut finish. Drink now through 2020."