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

Freixo 2017 Family Collection Estate Red Blend Alentejo
94 points
Black and red fruit compote with no sweetness; a great bbq wine or a charming pairing with a mole sauce.
Awards: 2022 Best Portuguese Red
Freixo 2018 Reserva Red Blend Alentejo
93 points
A perfect blend of Old World nuance and New World fruit and oak.
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Esteva Douro
92 points
Best Buy
A crowd pleasing table red that will pair well with steak and bbq.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Freixo 2018 Terroir Estate Red Blend Alentejo
92 points
A broad shouldered red that demands a food pairing and would be a great option to try for a new world Cabernet drinker.
Opta 2017  Dao
90 points
Best Buy
An earthy, table-tuned Portuguese Red with style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Casa Ferreirinha 2018 Esteva Douro
89 points
Best Buy
A bold Portuguese Red boasting balanced and shapeshifting flavors.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Dorina Lindemann 2017 Jovem Touriga Nacional
89 points
Best Buy
A rich, juicy red with sophisticated floral nuances
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dorina Lindemann 2017 Reserva Tinto Alentejo
89 points
A bold, yet nuanced red with rich savory characters
89 points $16.99
Dorina Lindemann 2015 Sel. 16 Touriga Nacional
89 points
A rich and balanced red that can stand on its own
89 points $24.99
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Papa Figos Vinho Tinto Douro
88 points
Absolutely dry but dark black fruits and cocoa nibs dance on the palate; give this a try if you enjoy a high octane California Syrah.