Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Red Blend - 2009 Callabriga Dao Red

Portugal, historically known more for super sweet, fortified Port wines also produces some great dry red wines that provide great value for the money. Similar to Spanish wines, they tend to be food friendly and ready to drink. The grape names are less familiar to many of us, but they are some of the same grape varieties that are used to make great Port.  This week's wine includes a grape I've never heard of - Alfrocheiro Preto, but I do recognize the other two as typical Port wine grapes - Tinta Roriz (the Portuguese name for Tempranillo, as in Spanish Rioja) and Touriga Nacional (one of Portugal's most important wine grape varieties). On with the tasting!

Wine: 2009 Callabriga Dao Red
Region: Dao, Portugal
Grape Varieties: Alfrocheiro Preto, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $16.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine has a dark purple color in its core with a water white rim.
Aroma: Nice aroma right out of the bottle. Nice fruit - mostly boysenberry, baking spices, and a bit of sage.
Taste: Very big and fruity and surprisingly tannic - but I'm not that familiar with Portuguese wine outside of sweet Port wine. A nice peppery aftertaste as well. Really nice overall.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  This one is a really nice wine for $16. Could stand to age for a bit to tone down the tannins, but I think this would be great with a steak or other hearty chow. Also great just to sip if you're like me and go for the big reds!  I did not expect the tannins - but I will have more of this and will put it in a decanter a bit next time.  Very exciting - I am going to look at trying more Portuguese wine in the very near future!!!

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