02 February 2007

2000 Quinta de Roriz Douro DOC Reserva Red

One of several bottles picked up at a recent clearance sale... 2000 Quinta de Roriz Douro DOC Reserva Red, from the Douro region of Portugal. 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, and 20% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). Essentially, this is an unfortified ruby Port that has received some good reviews. Smells sort of like a Zinfandel with a touch of cinnamon, but the smoothness is surprising. 13.5% alcohol, so no real heat on the nose. Bright cherry flavors, a touch of earthy undertones, and a slight tannic bite on the finish. Really delicious, and I picked it up for a steal. Wonderful if you want to learn a bit more about Portuguese wines.

I popped it open after dinner, and while it isn't as heavy as Port, it served much the same purpose. However, I'm sure there are some hearty Portuguese dishes that would match nicely with this wine.

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