$19, 5 stars, 90 points, Douro, Naked Wines, portugal, Touriga Nacional
Deep purple colored it stains the walls and has a slight bluish tinge on the edges. On the nose it is very heady with aromas of dark, ripe blueberry, black currants, blue plum, violets, mint and a touch of oak by way of baking spices and chocolate powder. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and high tannins that are fine grained. This full bodied wine has plenty going on flavorwise. Blueberry, cacao, blackcurrant, plum, florals and some spices. The question of balance comes into mind as the alcohol (15% ABV) is noticeable on the nose and the mid palate. I will get over it but buyer beware. The finish is medium in length and blue fruited. The tannins having vanished, leaving a touch of refreshing acidity. The Douro Valley and this varietal, Touriga Nacional are well known to Port lovers worldwide. They make delicious and full throttle fortified wines, so having ripe, sun-drenched grapes to make a still wine is not an issue. The results are in this bottle- a yummy delight to pair with hearty dishes. Mine is Steak and Ale pie tonight but it will do well with grilled leg of Lamb or even Osso Bucco. I would drink this wine till 2030, it has the structure needed to cellar. 90 points (the slight imbalance alcohol cost a point) and for $19- 5 stars. Look for this wine or even this varietal and region when you are searching for something new. Salut….