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Founded in 1975, Decanter is the oldest consumer wine publication in the UK. Engaging with wine lovers in over 100 countries around the globe, Decanter is the world's leading wine media brand with a total monthly reach in excess of 2.2 million.

If wines from Spain are not on your radar in 2023, you need to fix your radar! We have seen more wines from Spain that are both world class and affordable...and this Tempranillo from Bodega Portia is a perfect example of both points! It earned a 97 Point score from Decanter Magazine and costs around sixteen bucks. 97 Points; around $16. And it definitely tastes like a 97-pointer while costing much less than most other wines scoring in the elevated 95+ range.

The nose is simply beautiful. Notes of dark red and black berries intermingle with hints of brambly, hillside brush as floral touches, particularly violets, meander throughout. The scents discovered are reiterated on the palate. The fruit is definitely the star of the show upon tasting with black raspberry, dried plum and Kriek lambic (cherries!) in the foreground as firm tannins and forward acidity keep this wine balanced. This structure is like the yin to the fruit’s yang-- when in harmony together, the wine sings and Portia has quite the voice! The finish brings in a touch of minerality and earth as the fruit flavors flourish one more time. Both a serious bargain and a serious wine. Wow!! Food wine? Yes! Pair and win with grilled meats (from osso bucco to ham, burgers to fatty fish like tuna and cod), mushrooms, grilled potatoes, medium-aged cheeses and berry-based desserts.

Bodega Portia, located in the heart of Ribero del Duero is a display of modern design, winemaking function and artistic detail. The brand offers very small production wines–intense, energetic & balanced. Wine has been produced in the Ribera del Duero region for thousands of years, but viticulture as we know it probably arrived in the area with Benedictine monks from Cluny in the Burgundy region of France in the twelfth century. Ribera del Duero wine making goes back over 2,000 years as evidenced by the 66-meter mosaic of Bacchus, the god of wine that was unearthed relatively recently at Baños de Valdearados. We love finding wines made with modern viticulture techniques that reflect well the traditions, history and terroir from whence they came. This wine is the real deal!


DECANTER 97 POINTS - "Beckoning nose of dark fruits, spice and judicious oak. The palate has a silky texture and a firm, dryish finish. This is a stellar young wine with outstanding concentration (for the price) and massive tannins tucked neatly into juicy fruit that will appeal to big red wine lovers. Superb value."
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  • 5

    21st Jan 2023

    Cherie Hemphill

    Great wine!

    I loved this Tempranillo! Great balance. Lots of tannins but nice fruit on the back end. It is very dry which I enjoy but was too dry for my husband.