At over 16 years of age, this classic Douro blend of indigenous varieties like Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional still shows quite a bit of color, with a rich garnet color, barely hinting at orange on the edges. The aromas show the wine’s maturity: mushrooms, tobacco, plums and raisins, with fine, fine tannins wrapping things up at the end. A nice bit of freshness on the finish shows that it still had a lot to offer, demonstrating how table wines for the Douro—and not just ports—can age gracefully for a very long time. Recommended.

WHO: Casa Ferreirinha
WHAT: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, etc.
WHERE: Douro, Portugal
WHEN: 1994
HOW MUCH: $36 (cost in 1997)

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