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Castelao 30%, Trincadeira 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Alicante Bouschet 20%, Touriga Nacional 10%
 
While spicy and complex on the nose, the palate is more straightforward, delivering herbal and dried leather-accented wild red cherry fruit in an easy to drink style. 86pts Read the Full Review
 
Acid: Medium
Tannin: Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium-Medium-Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium-Low
Savory Flavors: Medium-Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium-Low

2008 Rio Real Reserva Vinho Regional Lisboa 13.5% $18

Syrah 40%, Touriga Nacional 35%, Tinta Roriz 25%

Angular and a bit tight on the palate, this is a bit clumsy at the moment though it does show attractive mushroom and peppery accents to its dark blackberry fruit. Might improve but certainly needs a bit of time. 86pts Read the Full Review
 

Acid: Medium-Medium
Tannin: Medium-Medium-Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium-Low
Oak: Medium-Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium
Savory Flavors: Medium-Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium-High
Intensity of Flavors: Medium-High
Mouthfeel: Medium

2008 Quinta da Cortezia Vinha Conchas Estremadura 12.5% $9

Tinta Roriz 58.3%, Touriga Nacional 33.5%, Trincadeira 8.2%
 
A little earthy with hints of mineral and pollen accenting the vibrant core of blueberry and blackberry fruit. The texture here is a little tough but this is a lovely example of affordable, able wines that are dry and well structured. 85pts Read the Full Review
 
Acid: Medium
Tannin:  Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium - Low
Oak: Medium - Medium
Spicy Flavors:  Low
Savory Flavors: Medium - Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

2008 Quinta Do Encontro Vinho Tinto Bairrada 13.5% $10

Powerful vanilla and fudge scents early on quickly lead to herbal-framed cherry and pomegranate flavors that show sweet toasty oak and assertively dry wood tannins on the back end. This is a bit too oaky but it might improve with a year or three in the cellar. 84pts Read the Full Review
 
Acid: Medium-Medium-Low
Tannin: Medium-Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium-Low
Oak: Medium-Medium-High
Spicy Flavors: Medium-Low
Savory Flavors: Medium-Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

2007 Alente Vinho Tinto Alentejo 13% $10

Trincadeira 65%, Aragonez 35%
 
A little nutmeg shows up early on along with plenty of nutty, leathery oak that covers the light blueberry and strawberry fruit on the palate and makes for a peppery finish. It’s pretty foursquare and honest feeling, just a bit too structured for the fruit at hand. 83pts Read the Full Review
 
Acid: Medium-Medium
Tannin: Medium-Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium-Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium-Low
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium-Low

2010 Herdade Do Esporao Alentejo Monte Velho Red 13.5% $10

Trincadeira 40%, Aragonez 40%, Castelao 20%
 
A little carob and some earthy, leathery flavors dominate the palate, with modest blueberry and dried berry and a hint of peach fruit. Rustic and kind of anonymous if fairly well integrated. 83pts Read the Full Review

Acid: Medium-Low
Tannin:  Medium-Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium-Low
Oak: Medium-Medium-Low
Spicy Flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium-Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium-Low
Intensity of Flavors: Medium-Low
Mouthfeel: Medium

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Top Portuguese Reds

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Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro (2007)
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Alem Syrah/Touriga Nacional Vinho Regional Alentejano (2006)
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Esporao Vinha Vinha da Defesa Vinho Tinto Alentejano (2009)
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Murcas Douro Rosa Assobio (2009)
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Casal Branco Sociedade de Vinhos Sa Quinta Do Casal Branco Vinho Tinto Ribatejo (2007)
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Rio Real Reserva Vinho Regional Lisboa (2008)
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Quinta da Cortezia Vinho Regional Estremadura Vinha Conchas (2008)
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Quinta Do Encontro Vinho Tinto Bairrada (2008)
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Alentejo Vinho Tinto Pimenta (2007)
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Herdade Do Esporao Monte Velho Red Alentejo (2010)
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  • No Quinta de Vallado? The Reserva is amazing but the table wine is an amazing value!

    Oct 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM


  • Snooth User: Saffredi
    729598 151

    Correction: The 2008 Esporao Reserva tinto is a blend of 30% Aragones (Tempranillo), 30% Trincadeira, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Alicante Bouschet. The vines have an average age of 16+ years. Maturation: 12 months 'sur lie' in French (30%) and American (70%) oak. Yield: 40 hectoliters per hectare.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:50 AM


  • Hey, on the 10th page (2008 Quinta da Cortezia Vinha Conchas Estremadura) there is a label of a white wine (vinho branco). I'm fine with it, but then the title of the review should be not just about Portuguese reds! :-)

    Oct 26, 2012 at 4:16 AM


  • Well said about indigenous varieties.
    I well remember the Esporao (branco as well as tinto) wines from holidaying in Madeira. Very complex aromatic white, chocolatey and interesting red, graet food wines.
    Dao quinta de Cabriz and Monte Velho are good regular wines, Dao and Bairradas can be really good when they should be too old - that is, if you see one covered in dust somewhere on the top shelf or in a sale. The falvours can intensify as you work down the bottle - or perhaps we could not say decanter in portuguese!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 4:43 AM


  • I am not surprised that the Monte Velho came in at 83 points, last in the review. I have had it, and I concur with this rating. Another good Alentejo red is the Montaria.

    Oct 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM


  • There is a feature of Portuguese wines that I have noticed in the past, that they usually taste much better in Portugal. I dont know why this is, but I have had some poor examples of what are good wines in Portugal. Bucelas vino Branco springs to mind.
    There is possibility too that Portugues tendency to brand names, like Monte Velho, tends to overwhelm other more specific info like the age, whether it was a basic or a garrafeira wine, etc, that leads to the whole brand being overrated or underrated

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM


  • Snooth User: Carla Sofia
    1153991 49

    I also like Porca de Murca from the Douro and EA (Eugenio de Almeida) from the Alentejo region

    Oct 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM


  • the best red 2013 is Portuguese check http://www.concoursmondial.com/en/l...

    May 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM


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