After tasting a very good Dao from Grao Vasco when I was in Portugal, I have been scouring the shelves for any wines from this Portuguese appellation. This was the only one I found--about $10 from Salut Beverage in Kalamazoo.
As wtih the Grao Vasco, an intense fragrance wafts from the glass. Flowers, wild red berries. On the palate, it's a bit tart and acidic but still has some nice intensity. On the second night, though, the wine seems to fill out nicely with juicy, spicy fruit. As with the Grao Vasco, a nice peppery feel on the finish. Has many of the qualities I like in a good Cotes du Rhone--including the reasonable price. I will keep searching for wines from this appellation.