Cabeça de Toiro Reserva Touriga Nacional Castelão 2014

40/30/30 % blend of #touriganacional, #castelão and #syrah ; Fragrant with wild cherry, vanilla, touch of cola. Succulent acidity, tannins that enfold your mouth and plenty of length in the finish. #portugueseredblend — 2 years ago

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Quinta das Carvalhas

Tinto Douro 2012

Last of the holiday wine trip, procured from Total Wine. This is a Portuguese red wine blend from the Douro wine region. The region is known mainly for ports, however, it does produce unfortified red wine. This bottle is a Bordeaux style medium body wine composed of 60-20-20 of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz. The Nacional provides the structure and body, the Franca provides the bouquet, and the Tinta (or more commonly Tempranillo) allows the wine to bring in the smoke and oak from barrel aging. This wine drinks easily with a nice nose and attractive price point. ~$14 | #totalwine #douro #portugueseredblend

On the eyes: Deep dull violet, magenta rim, med stain, med legs, no gas/floc.

On the nose: Smoke, bitter citrus, oak, cocoa nibs, violet, black fruit. Med alcohol.

On the tongue: Med acid, med+ alcohol, med+ tannin, med body. Prunes and black currant, floral notes, earth, and smoke. Med finish. Not too complex. Decant this one!
— 5 years ago