Over the next several days I?ll be giving you a sneak preview of some of the wines you?ll be tasting (till you say ?uncle?). Now, don?t wait to reserve your spot until I reveal them all (which I won?t anyway ? got to leave some surprises ? right?) ? but be sure they are all extraordinary.
So here goes ? the first revelation:
A Portuguese Red Wine from the famous Duoro region. Wine Spectator rated it 91*
, designating it as ?Outstanding, a wine of superior character and style.?
This is their take on it:
?A full-bodied red, with spicy and creamy notes that provide the topping to a deep well of dark plum, raspberry and blueberry flavors. Firm, medium-grained tannins fill the racy, chocolate-infused finish. Drink now through 2014.?*
This is how the Wine Spectator magazine explains its scoring "Wines are always tasted blind. Bottles are bagged and coded. Tasters are told only the general type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Price is not taken into account". The magazine says its ratings are based on "potential quality, on how good the wines will be when they are at their peaks".By way of background:
This wine is made from a combination of traditional Portuguese grapes: 40% Touriga-Franca, 40% Tinta-Roriz and 20% Tinta-Barroca. It is finished at a modest 13% alcohol. My take on it:In the glass:
It is deep red in the glass, brick/purple at edge.On the nose:
Bold yet bright rustic aromas, bringing deep, spicy red cherry and supporting smoky oak.On the palate:
A smooth, slick mid-tongue sensation is the first note, carrying flush black berries notes with spicey overtones. And the finish:
After a long rest in your upper cheeks, its spicy elements slowly fade. Ultimately, the finish lingers leaving you fully ready for the next sip.About The Douro Region:
The Douro wine region, known for centuries as the home of Port wines, has emerged as Portugal?s premium wine region. It?s hard to overstate the scale and pace of change that is currently taking place in this most spectacular of wine regions.
The region is named after the Douro River, which runs from the Spanish-Portugal border to the coastal city of Porto. The river flows through a valley lined by steeply sloping hills. The Douro region is protected by mountain ranges to the north and west. The soils of the Douro region are primarily schist or slate, which makes it uniquely suited for growing wine grapes .