A blend of 60% Touriga Nacional with the balance between Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) from the Douro, it is medium to deep purple colored. The nose has a bit of heat initially but then I get aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, saddle leather, vanilla, a touch of raisin and star anise. The palate is dry with medium (+) tannins and medium acidity. Think black tea meets charcoal with a melange of very sun-ripened black fruits. It’s a full bodied wine that sports a hefty 14.5% ABV (which I noticed on the nose) and carries through to a medium length finish. For $16 this is a delicious wine that will cellar well till 2028 and drink nicely now if you like a touch of dryness. 91 points and 5 stars. Salut….
I am a fan of Portuguese reds- I find them to offer high value for the money. This Superior from the Douro is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and 5% Sousao. It is deep ruby with medium intensity aromas of stewed plums (prunes), green pepper, white pepper, dried blackberry, dried sage and a nuttiness. I felt the wine is still developing. On the palate it is dry with medium (+) tannins, medium acidity, medium alcohol and medium body. The medium intensity flavors of prunes, dried sage and blackberry coupled with the nutty component led to a short finish. I was underwhelmed by this ‘acceptable’ wine that should be drunk now, with no further aging. It runs $24 locally and gets a mere 86 points from me making it a 2 star effort.
PS. tasting from a second bottle revealed the possibility that this wine was corked and the scores and reviews were deflated from the performance expected of this wine that scored highly with the pros.
I really enjoy Portuguese wines, from the sweet dessert Ports to the crisp white Alvarinos to the beautifully meshed red blends of the Douro. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) make up this wine that is a deep ruby in the glass. The nose is awesome- black plum, blackberry, currants, charred wood, black cherry, licorice, vanilla and coconut. The palate is delicious, tart with juicy acidity and dry. The tannins are quite evident but they caress rather than attack the gums. The astringency hits a bit later on the mid palate. Pronounced flavors of black fruit, oak and licorice swirl across the palate and end up in a long finish that is quite tannic at this stage and definitely amazing. Full bodied, this is a wine meant for the long haul and will pair nicely with my Beef Kebabs- spiced with a dry rub and served with salad. 93 points for this $30 wine makes it a 5 star effort to drink till 2030. Salut….
Medium opacity, this blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca is a stunning ruby color in the glass with singular, yet thick legs. On the nose it is of medium intensity with aromas like black raspberry, red plum, violet, cinnamon, coconut and dried herbs. The palate is dry with mouth coating tannins that are medium strength to go along with the medium (-) acidity. Flavors of red and black fruit combined with a dusty earthiness, floral notes, and some oak influence make for an interesting taste. The wine is medium bodied with the tannins fading rapidly on the back end. The finish is short but tasty. There is a black tea component right at the end that I like. Overall- this 88 pointer gets 4 stars for is $10 price point and ability to pour easily on a weekday with burgers or other non-exotic fare. I like it. Salut….
Number 2 wine at our 11th Virtual Wine tasting was this Portuguese steal that came in at $14. An equal blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). The tasters had the following to say:
Semi opaque, dark red. Nice legs but only 13%. Cigar box, earthy, fig, dried fruit, jammy. Black pepper? Dusty bramble. Sour cherry, earthy, fine grained tannins that hit on the finish. Light to medium bodied. Black tea, dry finish.
I enjoyed this wine but did not love it. One of the pros went huge with 96 points, I’m thinking 89. It was enjoyed by many at the tasting and bang for the buck- it was a hit. 5 stars. Drink till 2024. Salut….
This is the second wine of Chryseia, it is a beautiful dark purple in the glass. The nose gives off rose petals, perfume, black currant and cedar slate. On the palate it is big- loads of Ribena, oregano, red licorice and a hint of wood. The mid palate is seamless with the introduction of some very lithe tannins. The mouthfeel is generous and warm in this wine. It is relatively easy drinking with the mild tannins, barely perceptible acidity and warm fruit. The finish is all black currant, decent in length and not overly dry. 92 points and 5 stars for this $25 effort. Delicious. Drink this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz till 2030. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. Plums and black berry come off on the palate with some earthiness that I love in Portuguese wines. There’s a dusty component reminiscent of desert air that pops up as well. On the palate it has telltale Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional notes. There’s a tar component alongside spice box and blackberry. The tannins are very integrated, of medium intensity and not astringent. I like the mouthfeel and the balance is great. The mid palate and finish are both steeped in black fruits and that spiciness. The dry, dusty notes I mentioned earlier slip back in right at the end. This is a tasty wine that gets 91 points from me. The $40 price point makes it a 4 star effort. Salut….
This was the next bottle up at the Tapas restaurant. We needed something light and easy yet flavorful. I was thinking Portugal for it’s budget, tasty reds. This one did not disappoint for the price.
Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca make up the blend in this medium bodied wine. Floral, purple fruits, and some balsamic syrup come to mind. Very mild acidity and meek tannins make out an easy quaffer. A touch of leather, which I love, comes across on the mid palate. The finish is rather short and fruity. Nothing too flash here but for the $12 price point that is to be expected. 88 points and 3 stars from me. Drink now, obviously with Tapas! Salut….
Medium intensity in the glass. The nose is a bit funky, heavy on the oak and reeking of red fruits. Not particularly my favorite profile btw. The palate is very woody- raspberry and black cherry are the predominant flavors with a tart note to boot. There is a greeness to the midpalate to go along with the medium tannins. Acidity is decent and the wine balances on the finish. It’s a bit disjointed initially but comes together on a decent length ending. 88 points and 3 stars for this $11 effort. I may not purchase again as I don’t like the profile, some others may enjoy it though. Touriga Naconal 38%, Tinta Barroca 26%, Tinta Roriz 20%, Touriga Franca 14%, Tinto Cao 2%. Salut….
Of medium opacity, this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) only clocks in at 12.5% alcohol. I paid a mere $ 6 for it and am excited to try what is proudly claimed as a 90 point WE #5 best buy 2016.
The nose is rather muted, offering up slight hints of blueberry and root beer. On the palate I am slightly surprised by what seems to be effervescence. More blue fruits and some slightly sweet notes of cola show up mid palate. The finish is rather short and the wine lacks much tannic backbone. I have to say, it is an easy wine to drink that will appeal to the relative wine noob as it does not inflict dryness to the gums and will serve its purpose at a Saturday afternoon cookout. A 90 point wine it is not. Not even close. I am going with 85 points and 3 stars for its relative price to quality ratio. Burgers, pizza and even the odd Spaghetti Bolognese would work here. Drink now, not for the cellar. Salut….