Thursday, February 6, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Portuguese Red - 2009 Quinta de Ventozelo Touriga Nacional Douro

A couple of weeks ago, Total Wine & More had a fabulous coupon - 20% off wine from the "Old World." So I stocked up on a few items from Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and this little number from Portugal.  From the land famous for sweet Port wine, I have found more and more delicious and value priced dry red wines.  I cracked this one open to try on Super Bowl Sunday (without giving too much away - the wine was much better than the game!!!).

Wine: 2009 Quinta de Ventozelo Touriga Nacional Douro
Region: Douro, Portugal
Grape Varieties: 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: Wine is clear, dark purple in color at the core/center with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Very concentrated dark fruit aromas like dark cherry and blackberry.  A hint of dark chocolate, coffee, and something a bit floral...very nice!
Taste: Very nice and fruity, with a nice long fruit driven finish.  Nicely acidic with a nice touch of tannins. Many of the characteristics of a good port - without all that sweetness!

The Grade: I give this one an A.  A delicious everyday wine, I will definitely get more of this one.  I recommend trying wines from Portugal, either this one or others - as they have a long tradition of winemaking, but have historically exported more of the sweet Port wines. Really interesting varietals are used, like Touriga Nacional - a grape which is to Portugal as the Tempranillo grape is to Spain.

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