About Red Wines from Portugal

About Red Wines from Portugal
Portuguese wine is of course, most famously represented by Port, a fortified wine made from grapes in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. There are several different types of Port, from the basic Ruby, meant for early consumption to vintage ports, which drink well in some instances upon their 30th or 40th birthday. Other wines from Portugal include dry table reds made form grapes that can also be used for Port production. These include Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Tinta Barroca; of these three, it is Tinta Nacional that produces the most powerful wines. These are big, ripe, modern red wines with moderate acidity. The best white wine in Portugal is Albarino, an aromatic, dry white with plenty of floral perfumes as well as white spice notes. These are lovely wines for shellfish or merelt for consumption on a hot summer's day. Vinho Verde - literally "green wine" - is a lighter, dry to off dry white that is refreshing and down to earth; it pairs well with simple salads and seafood. Finally there is Madeira, a fortified wine from the eponymous island in the Atlantic. Examples of Madeira have been known to age for more than one hundred years and in a few examples, even two centuries

Top Picks for Portugal

Red Wines

Pereira 2017 Red Blend Vinho Regional Lisboa
89 points
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Herbal aromas of stewed plums, mulberry, worn leather, and sweet gum tree with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, medium-length licorice and bay leaf finish with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely Portuguese red with bright fruit, balancing tannins, and lots of table appeal.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Capela Santa Margarida 2016 Red Blend Alentejo
89 points
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of wild blackberry, wintergreen, milk chocolate, and sap with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length cafe au lait, tapenade, slate, candied tomato, and burlap finish with light oak flavor. A youthful, fruity red that will pair effortlessly.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ignia 2016 Portuguese Red Blend Portugal
89 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of vanilla cola, blackberry relish, sweet mint, and goat cheese with lavender with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length quince, boysenberry jam, and cocoa butter finish with moderate oak flavor. A velvety red that will work well at the table.
89 points $17.99
Fat Baron 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of tannery, caulk, powdered berry drink mix, walnut muffin, dried figs and dates, and sea foam with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-length thai iced tea with coconut and sea salt finish with clunky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A tannin dominated Cabernet.