2016 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

This is 100% Touriga Nacional.  Purple in color, slight ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is off a bit with some volatile acidity and a little funk.  Also some chocolate and slight cherry notes.  Medium bodied.  Soft texture.  On the palate, this has cherry fruit.  Easy drinking.  Not much depth.  Clipped finish.  This bottle has no obvious flaws other than perhaps some VA on the nose, and its nice, but should be better.  Not sure if this is a proper bottle.  Worth checking in on.  

Quinta do Vesuvio 2019 Comboio do Vesuvio

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

You may know the Symington family from the wide number of Port wine they produce, but they’ve also excelled at producing still red and white wines for years. Their latest venture, this delicate little wine, is worth looking into. A blend of traditional Port grapes, including Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, this offers blackberry, blueberry, huckleberry, black cherry with soft notes of strawberry, cocoa, and plum. The wine offers a terrific acidity and being unoaked, it still has a depth of character that many unoaked wines do not.

Six Grapes Reserve Port (NV)

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

As a non-vintage wine, Six Grapes Port does show slight variation from year to year. This offering, with its new label and bottle design is the best NV to date. I have tasted Six Grapes upon its release every year for more than a decade and can attest that it’s moving in a direction that is more comprehensive as a signature wine. This new bottling shows ripe lush and opulent fruit without being overly sweet or cloying. Comprised, not of six grapes but actually eight in this case, the acidity balances out the fruit, the tannic structure balances out the sweetness.

1997 Fonseca Porto Vintage, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1997
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

A bit lighter in style than say the '94 or '00 vintages, but drinking well nevertheless.  Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has black raspberries and chocolate covered raisins.  Medium to full bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, slightly sweet chocolate covered cherries.  There is a nice depth and complexity.  Drink over the next ten years.  A nice match with a chocolate dessert.  

2019 Herdade do Rocim Touriga Nacional Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is 100% Touriga Nacional.  Raised in large barrels for 11 months. Garnet in color with some magenta swirls, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, violets and slight spice.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Creamy texture.  On the palate, black cherries, slight cough drop note and anise.  Nice finish in which the tannins come out more,  Some warmth,  This is great on its own but would be nice with roasted duck or chicken.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  Great value.

2021 Herdade do Rocim Mariana Rosé, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Aragonez grapes.  Salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to show orange zest and slight cherries.  Nice slightly oily but creamy texture.  On the palate, quince, cherries and slight herbal note.  Enough acidity to put it all together.  Nice finish.  Very refreshing.  Very nice on its own, this would also work with a Margharita pizza.  Drink over the next few years.  

2016 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

This is 100% Touriga Nacional and only made in the best vintages.  Deep garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, spice and walnuts.  Full bodied.  On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying spice.  Thick tannins.  Long finish.  Great acidity.  Still young, this could use a few more years of cellaring.  Drink over the next ten to twelve.  Great on itss own, this will work well with lamp chops.  

2017 Quinta de S. José Touriga Nacional Douro, Portugal, Douro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is sweaty with black raspberries and char.  Light tannins.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit with underlying char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Drinking well now and seems to be mature.  Drink over the next five years.  Better with food, this would work well with roasted chicken.  

2020 Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada Rosé, Portugal, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and Aragonez.  Very pale pink/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lots of cranberries with nice minerality.  With air, the nose expanded to have some strawberries and slight earthiness.  Good acidity.  Light bodied.  On the palate, raspberries and cranberries.  Tart.  Turning  more to strawberries with a slightly oily texture on the finish.  12.5%ABV but some warmth.  This will work better with lighter foods or seafoods but would work with a pizza too.  Drink over the next year.  

2016 Quinta da Foz Douro Reserva, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

And, yet another great value in red table wine from the Douro in Portugal.  This is a field blend using vines over one hundred years old.  Deep garnet/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has plums, boysenberries, slight chocolate and char.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this has boysenberry fruit with some underlying smoke/char.  Good balance.  This drinks great on its own and will work well with all but the lightest foods.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

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