Wine of the Week: DFJ Vinhos Portada Winemakers Selection 2011
Portugal will forever be connected to its fortified dessert wine port but the same grapes can stand alone as delicious wines.
This red blend is a kitchen sink of grapes — tinta roriz, alicante bouschet, cabernet sauvignon, caladoc, castelao, pinot noir and touriga nacional — that are sourced from three estates in the Lisboa region.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel wine with vigorous stirring and no oak aging. The result is a deep and rich pour with sweet berry and dark fruit flavors. Think port without some of the heat.
Sherry: “Semi-sweet with flavors of strawberry, plum and a hint of cocoa.” (3 stars out of 5)
Chris: “A bouquet of date and raisin with flavors of cherry, raspberry and vanilla.” (3.25 stars out of 5)
Available from $7.50 to $9.50.
Coming next week: Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon