Wines of Portugal
with Augusto Gabriel and Richard Harmer
Beyra Reserva Quartz Vinho Branco
Grown on granite soil that is shot through with quartz, this is the epitome of a mineral, structured wine.
The wine has ripe lemon and green plum fruits that are full of juicy flavor. The wine is so fresh it could do with a few months aging. Goes great with salads, but it is at its best when with seafood.
Regularly $15.99, at tasting: $13.60
Foral D Melgaco Old Vines Alvarinho
A great example of Alvarinho, showing fresh and fruity aromas of apple, pear and stone fruits combined with mineral notes and floral hints. A refreshing, fruity palate with good weight, balancing acidity and buttery tones through to a long and aromatic finish.
Regularly $15.99, at tasting: $13.60
Beyra Reserva Red
From high altitude vineyards close to Spain, this structured wine has dark tannins and intense mineral notes. The fruit tones are dark in nature, with firm plum skin and blueberry flavors dominated by the dry core of tannins. Fruity and
persistent with fresh and elegant aftertaste. Pair with beef roasts, Iberian
ham and cheeses.
Regularly $16.99, at tasting: $14.45
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Vinha da Valentina
Peninsula de Sétubal lies to the south of Lisbon across the River Tagus. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Vinha da Valentina Is a delicious blend of Syrah and Portuguese native varieties (25% Syrah, 25% Castelão, 25% Aragonês and 25% Alicante Bouschet) displaying a rich deep red with a powerful nose of deep red fruit. Generous and full on the palate with oaky and spicy notes.
Regularly $12.99, at tasting: $11.04
2013 Dona Maria Red Gran Reserva
This very dark purple colored wine from Portugal opens with a blackberry and black raspberry bouquet with a hint of smoked beef stick. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, round and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a juicy blackberry and red plum blend with nicely integrated old oak with notes of minerality, black tea, black olive and a touch of cinnamon. The finish is dry and its moderate well-managed tannins show nice length.
Pairs beautifully with beef.
Winemaker Notes: This wine, vinified with selected grapes from old vines. Slowly matured in new French oak barrels for one year, the wine shows a dark ruby color and a rich, wild fruit aroma, connecting with mint and spices. The flavor is intense and round, with silky tannins and a persistent finish.
Regularly $42.99, at tasting: $36.54
Burmester Sotto Voce Ruby Reserve Port
90 pts Wine Spectator
This is a Premium Ruby of around 5 years old. It is made by carefully selecting and blending wines that have been aged over a long period in our cellars. It is a tribute to the spirit and passion of the Burmester women for Music and Art.
Delicate and young, this wine is marked by its fruity and intense character. It is silky and warm in the mouth, with a long and persistent finish.
It can be appreciated as an aperitif or on any other occasion. Ideal accompaniment to nuts, cheeses or deserts.
Regularly $19.99, at tasting: $17.00
Burmester 10 year Tawny Port
This port is made from old vines, being submitted to a careful aging process in small oak casks. Over its 250-year history, Casa Burmester has perfected the classic process of blending wines; this is a magnificent example of their expertize.
This dry, mature wine tastes older than a 10-Year-Old, with complex wood aging, spirit and acidity that have taken over from the fruitiness. It is serious and structured.
… nice nose/palate of roasted nuts & raisin…
Regularly $34.99, at tasting: $29.74