Vallado Douro Tinto 2017 Wine Review

This is a high quality Douro wine from Vallado in Portugal. It is a dry blend of the Port varieties of touriga nacional (25%), touriga franca (25%) and contributions from tinta roriz (tempranillo), tinta barroca and sousao. As with some (or is it many?) other Portuguese wines, it is easier to remember the region thanContinue reading “Vallado Douro Tinto 2017 Wine Review”

Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto Vinho Verde 2017

I drink little Vinho Verde, and this is not typical of the ones I have tried. It is a fuller style, made from, relative to the plethora of obscure Portuguese grape varieties, the more familiar alvarinho (albarino) and is from the Moncao region in Portugal near the Spanish border. Described as “alvarinho contacto”, the wineContinue reading “Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto Vinho Verde 2017”

A couple of contrasting Portuguese reds: Alvaro Castro Dao 2009 and Nieport Il Vertente Douro 2013

Portugal is among several regions that I taste from sparsely.  This is mostly a function of geography and access, rather than intent: Portugal is not a weekend trip from Australia.  These two wines illustrate the diversity on offer.  The first is from Dao which is inland, and south of the Douro.  Alvara Castro is reputedContinue reading “A couple of contrasting Portuguese reds: Alvaro Castro Dao 2009 and Nieport Il Vertente Douro 2013”