I drank a lot of Portuguese dry reds in the late 1970s, and Grao Vasco Dao was one of my favorites, often selling for $2 to $3 a bottle or even less. Glad to see that it's still around and still a bargain--$5.99 right now at World Market.
The color is impenetrably dark and deep, and so are the aromas and flavors. It's thick and chewy from skin and pip tannins but there are still bright fruit qualities showing through. Plums, figs, blackberries and spice. Big and powerful, though only 13.5% alcohol. Also good intensity and freshness. $5.99? Why don't I buy more Portuguese dry reds?