Literally “the red dog” this port wine variety is a thick skinned grape with small clusters of medium sized berries. Tend to produce lower alcohol wines that when blend lend floral characteristics to Port wines. Till recently it has been the least planted Port wine variety, and now is enjoying a small revival in new plantings. Most likely you will never taste this variety as a mono-varietal wine, but rather blended with Duoro reds and Port wines.
“Join in our exploration of Port wine, steeped in century old traditions. Oporto (English for Porto), and its sister city, Vila Nova de Gaia across the river, provide the historical perspective before we head up river to the enchanting Douro River Valley. We offer our discerning guests an unrivaled insider’s […]
For me, there is something heavenly, almost sinful, about tasting a glass of port. The urge for a deep ruby or vintage port gets especially intense whenever the temperature drops, a warm fire is roaring before me and a pungent sharp aroma of a Cabrales blue cheese beckons me towards […]
Have you ever gotten directions from a friend like this, “Yeah! Two lefts, a right and then call me from your cell phone and I’ll tell you the way from there.”? So, being a good friend, you trusted their directions and followed every “right’, “left’ and “straight’ only to find your cell phone out of minutes and your pockets completely empty of change when you needed to call him.
2003 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo Reserva Casa dos Zagalos – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Light reddish purple. The nose is a barnyardy mineral aroma with hay, earth, and cherry fruit. Firm medium weight tannins with a medium overall acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, minerals, charcoal, and light vanilla.
2002 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Deep dark purple with hints of red. Just opened and very closed with chokecherry notes, basalmic, pepper, earth and smoke. Tannins are big and firm yet very fine. Medium acidity helps frame the flavors of blackpepper, anise, chokecherry, black […]
Roy Hersh of Fortheloveofport.com is offering tours this coming fall in the Douro valley where you can bare your little toes, climb into a wooden vat and stomp away on the grapes that will eventually make wine. Stay tuned for a podcast with Roy, when we’ll find out the details for, […]
The Windy Road of the Portuguese Wine Label If there was one wine style synonymous for Portugal, it would be Port. The sweet, creamy and fruit forward wine has been a personal favorite of mine since our first visit to Oporto not four years ago. Unable to escape the fame […]
Common Names: Touriga Nacional, Mortágua – A small berry varietal capable of producing dark tannic wines, rising to become the star player in the historic Port wines of Northern Portugal. Port wine is typically described as having an inky, dense and dark color with a powerful bouquet of dried fruits […]
Always a good read, the “Flying Wine Writer” recently posted what they thought were the best wines they tasted this year from Portugal. Looking at the line-up, you will find a few table wines but mainly reveiws of the incredible 2003 Vintage Ports! Head on over and check out their […]