Portuguese (dry) reds have been a terrific source of value for several years now. With fortified Port wine finding less of an audience worldwide, the growers in the Douro region have increasingly turned to dry table wines, and often with very good results. I guess the blends of unfamiliar grapes and lack of much history with these styles has kept the wines off the radar for a lot of drinkers. That keeps prices down and every once in a while one can find a really nice wine for surprisingly little money. Looking at what Wine Enthusiast had to say, that seems to be the case in spades with this one. Tasting the wine myself, I would agree that it is.
For those of you who don't want to wait, I'm going to disagree with that critic and say there's plenty of pleasure to be had right now. I have a glass in front of me, and it's wide open aromatically. The flavors are a bit tight and will (almost) certainly improve with a bit of time in the cellar, but more than anything, you simply have to understand that this has the density and tannic structure of a more expensive wine. With a little food, and possibly a couple of hours in a decanter, I think you'll be happy about that. I will be tonight when my wife and I finish the bottle.
Heres the deal:
D&L Sale Price: $9.99
(one week only)