Spicy cassis notes in the aroma, balanced fruit on the palate. “Reserve” on the label means it’s fruity but not too sweet. The alcohol is a definite factor on the palate and in the hot finish. Salty flavors are a good complement to this wine. Recommended. BSE
Clear, pale, watery gold in color. Gentle aromas of white peaches, tart green grapes, lemon zest, thyme, and sandy beaches. Dry, medium-high acidity, medium-light body, and soft flavors of citrus, melon rind, and sun dried herbs. Dangerously easy to drink. Pair with grilled zucchini and summer squash. Highly recommended.
Offering just the tiniest tickle, this has less fizz than most Vinho Verdes. It is vibrantly acidic, with light flavors of fresh peaches and lemons. Pears make an appearance on the finish. Alcohol is moderate, at 11.5%. Like all the better wines of its class, this is bottled summertime, the perfect sipper when the mercury is north of 90ºF and the kids are old enough to play on their own. Drink with sunshine by the side of the pool. Recommended.
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.
The flavors are lovely, with the wine just starting to shed its fruit and show some secondary flavors.
Clear, bright, medium-full ruby with some black-purple tint. Clean, medium intensity aromas: tons of fruit, cooked fruit, black cherry, raspberry, floral. Dry, medium body, medium tannin, medium-low to medium acidity. Flavors of dark fruit, blackberry, plum, baking spice. A rich, medium-long finish. Would pair well with olive tapenade, chili (though avoid something too spicy), barbeque, or chocolate torte.