Friday, December 30, 2016

Portado Winemakers Selection Red, 2011

At $5.99 from Costco, this has to be one of the best values I have encountered in several years. It's a Portuguese blend of Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Casteleo, Pinot Noir and Touriga National sourced from vineyards near Lisbon. It reminds me of a very good Grao Vasco Dao I had last June in Porto.

Bright crimson. Smells of red and black fruits, spring flowers, peppercorn. Very tightly wound but still very pretty and appealing. Has the peppery, spicy fruit of a very good Cotes du Rhone plus the delicate texture of Russian River Pinot Noir. Sweet fruit peeking through a veil of black pepper. Yum.

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