Made from vines between 40 to 60 years old, this Vintage Port is black as night (as any good VP should be) and serves up a beguiling nose of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, mint, cocoa and coffee. The palate starts off lean and the expands on the finale with a massive explosion of crème de cassis which carries long. Drink over the next 25 years.
Lively, bright and juicy, fruity and fresh with red berries, soft tannins and a lip-smacking finish. Clean and easy without being simplistic and extremely pleasurable and drinkable. A blend of Castelão, Aragonez, and Touriga Nacional. A killer value. This is your summer BBQ wine.
This youthful white may feature a comic on the label, but make no mistake, this is a serious wine from one of the world's top winemakers, Dirk Niepoort. From schistous, mica-flecked vineyards on the right bank of the Douro, between 550-700 m, this blend of indigenous Portuguese white grapes is native fermented in a split between stainless and older French barriques (30%), no MLF, where it remains for 8 months. In 2016, the blend is 20-50 year old Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others. Tight, mineral-laced green fig, lemon thistle, meadow herbs and fine salts over a creamy bed of lees, all youthful and highly quaffable. This line of Fabulous Wines (Branco and Tinto) are sold worldwide, the scale of which makes this wine even more impressive — especially considering the price.
Very pale green in the glass, with aromatic green fruit, green herbal scents and a whiff of grapefruit. Light spritz in the mouth with green plum, gooseberry and green grape flavours, finishing with an agreeable touch of gritty mineral.
Deep and potent, with blackcurrant, dusky violets, cassis filling the compact, potent frame. Tar, tobacco, leather coat the base, downy and fleshy, framed with a fiercely thick wall of tannins. Intense through the sticky, lingering finish. This is Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro from Terras de Azurara on the granitic soils of the Dao. After a stainless ferment, this spent ten months in French oak. Tight and unyielding now in youth, this serious, big wine benefits from decanting and pairing with boar or lamb — and more so from cellaring.
Dow is best known for its range of fine Ports. Like other producers in the Douro, however, table wines are becoming an important part of the portfolio. This substantial red is a blend of Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. Deeply perfumed dark fruit bouquet is scented with fine spice. Generously developed dark and red fruits come wrapped in velvety tannins with still rather brash acidity and a dry, tannic bite. Drinking well now with food, but will definitely reward additional cellaring (3 to 5+ years).
When handled properly (with care, like this) Dao is a fantastic region for fresh, bright reds and whites made from indigenous varieties, in this case, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro Preto and Touriga Nacional. Herbal raspberries, black cherry, perfumed rock roses, with an undercarriage of pitch and black pepper. Grippy and tight, sticky youthful tannins reflect a short six month stint in oak and three months aging before release.