13 Apr Best Portuguese Reds
As a perfect parallel to our featured Albariños today, we have some stunning Portuguese reds, including a 2007! This is not a library release, but rather a wine that undergoes extended aging because that’s what the winemaker thought it needed, and that winemaker was not wrong. This wine is complex and beautiful. And check out the two other awesome deals in Portuguese reds. Portugal is a country we’re excited about and these wines are perfect examples of why you should be too!
2007 La Coartada Gran Reserva, Alentejo
On Sale $24.99
This awesome aged red blend (Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from biodynamic vineyards in Alentejo. Aged for 4 years in new oak, another 3 years in stainless steel, and 6 months in bottle before being released from the winery. Despite what seems like an old vintage, this wine is young and vibrant, with notes of strawberry, sour cherry, black plum, black tea, and rose petals, with a slightly spicy, citrusy finish.
2014 Rabelo Cuvee Roman, Douro
On Sale $17.99
The 2014 Cuvee Roman Tinto, aged four to six months in French oak, shows notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, black raspberry and blueberry, in a full-bodied, textured, impressive style. The tannins are supple, the wine an opaque purple, full-bodied and certainly capable of being drunk now or cellared for another 5-7 years.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Portada Tinto, Lisboa
On Sale $8.99
A dark colored, dense wine that is rich and firmly structured. Aged in wood, it holds flavors of plum and berry fruits balanced with a fresh acidity. This is a wine for aging, its structure a powerful statement.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast