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Natalie McLean’s reviews new releases from Portugal. Available March 19th.


Natalie McLean’s reviews new releases from Portugal. Available March 19th.

2007 Cistus Tinta Roriz Touriga Franca Reserva Quinta Do Vale Da Perdiz, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: VC: Made with the classic Port grapes: 40% Tinta Roriz, 40% Touriga Franca, and 20% Touriga Nacional. There are lovely sweet notes in the midst of this dry red, with lots of black-berry, cocoa, raspberry, spicy oak and blackcurrant jam on the palate. Medium-full bodied and supple, with nice balance and length. My note: Blackberry jam and meaty flavours. Full-bodied and smooth. A very chewy wine in the best sense. Perfect for people who like to make long-winded arguments… this wine will make them pause for you to get a word in edge-wise. Pair with: robust beef stew, aged cheese. Drink: 2011-2015.  145052  14.50%  XD  750 mL  $18.95  Score: 88/100. March 19, 2011

2004 Encostas De Estremoz Touriga Franca Soc. Agricola De Lagarteira, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Lovely richness and depth with dark, savoury black fruit, spices and smoke. I love this style as it offers so much more than just ripe fruit. Lovely length and a satin smooth texture. Yum! Made from the red grape Alentejano. Pair with: steak, lamb. Drink: 2011-2015.  190561  14.50%  D  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 89/100. March 19, 2011

2008 Quinta Nova Touriga Nacional Touriga Franca Tinta Roriz Pomares Quinta Nova De Nossa Senhora Do Carmo, D.O.C. Douro, Portugal: Cedar-spice with robust fleshy black cherries. Bring it on, especially at this price! This is a terrific example of the superb dry red wines coming out of Portugal now. The “new” Portugal. Try it. Drink: 2011-2016.  214007  13.50%  D  750 mL  $16.95  Score: 90/100. March 19, 2011

2008 Serradayres Reserva Caves Velhas, D.O.C., Ribatejo, Portugal: VC: A slow-roasted beef dish with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled parsnips or carrots would complement this wine. My note: Love the dark-fruit, beguiling nose… then pow! Mouth-watering acidity demands a hearty meat meal. It’s a wonderful combination… but this isn’t a wine to drink as an aperitif. Rich, fleshy black fruit and some mocha. Absolute yum! Pair with: roast beef. Drink: 2011-2018.  214023  13.50%  D  750 mL  $14.95  Score: 88/100. March 19, 2011

2008 Herdade Penedo Gordo Vinho Tinto António M. Esteves Monteiro, D.O.C., Alentejo, Portugal: VC: A roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary would complement this fine wine, which will also reward 3+ years in a cellar. My note: Love it! Mocha-rich and fleshy dark berries. I want to sink into this wine and come out after I’ve had my fill. As a voluptuary, this is my kind of wine. Rich, full-bodied and velvet smooth. What an amazing price. Pair with: lamb. Drink: 2011-2014.  218339  13.50%  XD  750 mL  $13.95  Score: 90/100. March 19, 2011

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