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Delicious Portuguese Bargains
April 26, 2017

Peter writes, "Over the years Portuguese wines were always tossed into the “value” category. The only problem is that, at first some of what was being offered was simply not very good. Two things have changed..."

 

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He continues,

         One is that you can now get extremely good wines from Portugal that are on the higher end and you can also get really good wines that are in that “value” category. Tonight’s tasting is a group of those.

We will start with a really nice blended white from the Dao region. The 2016 Pinha Dao White shows tropical and tangerine notes with some weight. It is great with dishes like cod and sea bass. 

Then we will go to the reds. First we will taste the 2015 Pinha Dao Red. This is also a blend of typical Portuguese grapes that show wild berry character with an elegant and complex finish. Then we will go over to the Douro for the 2013 Adega Vila Real Douro Reserva. Also a blend, this medium bodied and balanced red is the best selling Douro wine in Portugal. We will follow this with the 2015 Maria Mora Alentejano Red. This is fresh red berries with a nice balancing acidity. The last red will be the 2015 Tinta Boa Lisboa Red which shows rich dark fruit and a blast of cherry in the finish.

Next we will do something surprising and finish the tasting with what is technically a white wine. However, the 2016 Ponte Loureiro Vinho Verde is so fresh and exuberant you just want to stay with it. It shows bright citrus, great acidity and sparkle. Think oysters.

 

White
  

2016 Pinha Dao White: Bright straw. Tropical fruit note in the aromas and flavors. Good texture and acidity and hints of tangerine in the finish.  Very Good Plus  12.99/bottle  11.69/mixed case  11.04/case

 

  Red
2015 Pinha Dao Red:  Deep ruby. Wild berries, hints of smoke and balsa. Balanced complex finish.  Very Good Plus  12.99/bottle  11.69/mixed case  11.04/case

2013 Adega Vila Real Douro Reserva: Ruby. Aromas and flavors of red and black fruits with notes of pepper and spice. Medium body and good balance.  Very Good Plus  11.99/bottle 10.79/mixed cae 10.19/case

2015 Maria Mora Alentejano Red:  Deep ruby. Red berries, cinnamon and leather. Rich fruit on the palate and balancing acidity.  Very Good Plus  10.99/bottle 9.89/mixed case 9.34/case

2015 Tinta Boa Lisboa Red:  Deep ruby. Aromas and flavors of rich dark fruit with spice and bramble. Bright and clear cherry notes in the finish.  Very Good Plus  11.99/bottle 10.79/mixed cae 10.19/case

 

Verde   

2016 Ponte Loureiro Vinho Verde:  Straw with green highlights. Lemon lime and citrus peel aromas and flavors. Exuberant light sparkle and wonderfully crisp finish. This is fun.  Very Good Plus  10.99/bottle 9.89/mixed case 9.34/case

 

4/26 Portugal case: Two each of the above wines for a special price of $122

Instore only 4/26 Portugal pack: One each of the above wines for a special price of $65

 

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