Maraschino cherries and wood-soaked spirit — together with an array of spices and clove in the foreground — open the way for sweet red fruit, plenty of spice and milk chocolate against a background of drying tannins. Finishes with a welcome touch of fiery warming alcohol.
Clear medium-deep yellow. Medium-intensity nose of Granny Smith apple and a bit of spice, reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. Light-bodied with high and crisp acidity over refreshing lemon and tangerine flavours. Great value for the deck on a hot summer day. Drink immediately.
Black plums, caramelized brown sugar dominate the nose, overlying a burnished tar and brandy note. Very concentrated, young and fiery (as expected of young port of this age), the ripe cassis, black cherry and blackberry jam is mellowed with slightly worn (though still grippy) tannins, enabling its easy drinking now, especially with strong blue cheese. Brown sugar returns on the finish, as does some heat, though easily tamed with more time in bottle or a suitable pairing.
If you think the Douro is just for Port Wine, think again. Dry table wine from the Douro is hotter than ever, and it's a category you're going to see more and more (thankfully). Here Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz show soft, thorny black fruit, finely savoury, hued with anise. Tannins are chocolaty and fine, and a light medicinal black cherry lingers on the finish. Impressive red — authentic, dry and true to place — for this price. That's the riches of Portugal; drink up, oft.
Clear deep plum red. Medium intensity nose of pipe tobacco and coffee overlying black-cherry aromas. Simple but inviting flavours of sweet black cherry and blackberry. Medium-bodied; flavours are young but the tannins are almost gone — best now.
After decanting, is a clear, medium-deep maroon. Mature, healthy nose of fruits stewed in brandy, sweet black liquorice and a hint of varnish. Surprisingly light-bodied and light-flavoured, tastes of blueberry and cherry and even overripe peaches. Mature now, but good acidity will keep it fresh-tasting while it plateaus for a few more years.
The “poor man’s vintage port,” this must be decanted to yield a clear deep garnet wine. Rich aromas of plums and wood, liquorice, chocolate and autumn forest. The palate is still fresh and fruity, tasting of strawberry jam with warm alcohol and an earthy background. Drinking very well now, but will improve for another year or two, then continue to be enjoyable for several more years.