About Portuguese Wine

About Portuguese Wine
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

Opta 2018 Branco White Blend Dao
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale bright golden straw color. Waxy aromas and flavors of orange oil, lemon pith, jasmine, and pineapple skin with a round, racy, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish conveying notes of lemon zest, honey, lime peel, ginger, and celery seed with fine tannins. A bright and balanced Portuguese white that sings of crisp breezes and wild flower fields.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Opta 2017  Dao
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of dark berries, licorice, cocoa-dusted toffee, rose, spiced nuts, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish. An earthy, table-tuned Portuguese Red with style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Porto Meneres NV 20 Years Old Douro
90 points
$49.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas of salted caramel, butterscotch, dried orange, sun dried tomato, and toasted coconut with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cocoa butter, blood orange flesh, spiced lemon cookies, sweet toffee with hazelnuts, and espresso crema finish with light oak flavor. A tasty, caramelly 20 Year Tawny Porto that will finish the meal in style.
90 points $49.99
Jm Fonseca Twin Vines 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, peaches and cream, and fresh herbs with a lean, vibrant, petillant, dry light body and a sleek, brisk finish that shows nuances of lemon curd, graham cracker, and wet white stones with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A refreshing sipper for light meals and pleasant conversation.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Raw Bar 2020  Vinho Verde
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of grapefruit juice, candied peach, white jasmine, and lemon zest with a supple, bright, petillant, dry light body and a smooth, snappy kiwi, passionfruit and fruit cocktail finish with no oak flavor. A bright and tropical, fruit-forward Vinho Verde that will shine al fresco.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Caiu A Noite 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe pear, guanabana, taffy, banana, and coriander with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of lime spritz and wet stone with no oak flavor. A joyous Vinho Verde with great citrusy pop and a mineral-driven finish.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Casa Ferreirinha 2018 Esteva Douro
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry jam, ripe mulberries, orange zest, and spice cookies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length firm black plum, cardamom, and rose finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold Portuguese Red boasting balanced and shapeshifting flavors.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Dorina Lindemann 2017 Jovem Touriga Nacional
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of crushed raspberry, wild plum, violet petals, and blackberry with a soft, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-to-long finish with notes of vanilla and raspberries and cream with drying, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, juicy red with sophisticated floral nuances.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dorina Lindemann 2017 Reserva Tinto Alentejo
89 points
$16.99
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coffee, leather, grilled plum, and black tea with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish displaying elements of fig and honey roasted almonds with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold, yet nuanced red with rich savory flair.
89 points $16.99
Dorina Lindemann 2015 Sel. 16 Touriga Nacional
89 points
$24.99
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry vinaigrette, black plum, balsamic, and leather with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of fresh soil with medium, drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and balanced red that can stand on its own.
89 points $24.99