Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Drink the Vine Rating #1: A Taste of Portugal

The Wine: Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro 2004
Country: Portugal
Region: Duoro
Category: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2004
Price: $18.99
Decanted or Not: Decanted ~ 1 hour

I know, I know. You guys are thinking "how predictable he picks a wine from Portugal." But, I wanted to kickoff the our wine ratings with this bottle for a number of reasons. First, to toot the Portuguese horn. Second, and more importantly, I have been drinking Portuguese red wine ever since I was a kid. It is something I am extremely familiar with, and that will play into the review later. While most of you know the Duoro region in Portugal for it world renowned Port wines, this region is finally starting to creat a buzz in the red table wine arena. Anyway, here we go:

Tasting Notes:

  • The Color: Very dark ruby red

  • The Legs: This one really lingers on the side of the glass...almost like throwing wet gummy bears on a mirror.

  • The Nose: Grabs you by the nostrils with aggressive scents very dark, ripe fruit; and strong oak.

  • The Taste: In a word, powerful. Very intense rich, ripe fruit, with surprising amount of spice. Taste the oak but not overbearing, as can be the case with some of these Portuguse table wines. Burst of smokeyness and plum right at the end. Very smooth and moderate finish (20 seconds). Not nearly as dry as some other reds I've had from this region. Very nice.

The Verdict: 8 corks


Grape Nut said...

I've heard great things about this wine. Wine Spectator gave it a 92 (out of the 100 point scale) looking forward to trying. This region seems to get better every year.

Copo de 3 said...

I dont have tasted that wine... yet.

In Portugal the price for that wine its about 8-9€

Have a grape day.

João Pedro Carvalho