For some unknown reason, it makes me nervous to pick a wine as a recommendation for an entire month. I worry that someone might buy it and not like it. I realize that when you are in the business that I am in you must have thick skin. I analyze and score wines for the benefit of my readers and put myself in the position to be criticized for my choices. I accept that, but it still does not take the nerves away. That being said, I sort of went out on a limb with this pick because it fits my palate but may not appeal to a broader audience of wine drinkers. Read the review carefully before you go out and buy this wine. Make sure it is something you would like to try. As for myself, I think it is a great value for what it offers.
2007 Grilos Vinho Tinto Red Dao, Portugal… $7.99
This red is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Alforcheiro. Touriga Nacional is the main grape used in the making of Port and contributes intense color, flavor and aromas. This is quite evident in this eight dollar blend. Aromas of blackberries, red currants, wood and earth come through on the nose. On the palate I was amazed at the complexity this inexpensive red has. Notes of tobacco, cherry and cassis come through on the front of the palate with even a hint of cranberries. On the mid-palate this wine brightens up with the cranberry and cassis notes penetrating into a finish of medium length. I detected some tiny hits of spice throughout. Excellent structure, good balance with a tiny “grip” on the palate near the finish. On the back label it says that the wine can be enjoyed now or put away in the cellar for a few years. They are not kidding. This wine may not be for those who are looking for a fruit forward style of wine, but I found it quite intriguing and was impressed with the quality for only eight bucks.
If you want a good bang for the buck, and like wines that are “Old World” in style this is a diamond in the rough. It has four years of age already and is still bright and vibrant. Dare I say, it reminds me a bit of a youthful Barbaresco. Seriously good wine at a seriously good price. If you want to experiment on aging wine this may be the one to do it with considering the investment. Buy a few bottles and tuck them away for about four more years. I think you will have a nice surprise awaiting you. 90 points