Mary Taylor scores again with this amazing wine from the Douro, Portugal's incomparable Port region. Port has been one of the great dessert wines for hundreds of years. The grape blends vary from year to year and producer, but the results are always fabulous.
Then some smart alec decided to make a dry red wine out of these grapes and turned the world upside down. After all, the theory goes, if the grapes for Port are that highly regarded, then why not?
These wines began appearing in the market some 30 years ago. The results were incredible. They have become so successful that they now vie for attention with the wine that started it all, Port, but have carved out their own place.
Our beauty is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz and 30% Touriga Franca. They are the primary grapes that go into Port, but can stand on their own in this incarnation.
The grapes are grown on a small, 50 acre organic estate owned by Filipe Ferreira, whose family name has been associated with this area for 300 years. While they also make the famous sweet version, their dry red has been getting much attention and for good reason.
Here is a unique red wine that almost defies classification. It really can't be compared to any other wine because it has its own personality. The nose harnesses black fruit, mint and spice, which deliver on the palate and beyond.