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

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
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
Altimo 2019 Red Blend Dao
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled plum, horse blanket, hints of smoked meats, and cedar with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish revealing touches of leather and nuts with moderate oak flavor. A chewy and plummy everyday red that will pair with most any beef or pork dish.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Cais Da Ribeira 2018 Reserva Douro
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of ripe blackberry, pickled mulberry, orange zest, cinnamon stick, coconut, and bay with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-to-long vanilla latte, ganache, toasted nuts, and pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruity, oaky Red to sip all on its own or pair with shared plates and great company.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Cais Da Ribeira 2019  Douro
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced tomatoes, cocoa powder, blueberry pastry, feta, and raisins with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of hazelnuts and spice cabinet with light oak flavor. A well-structured, balanced and slatey Portuguese Red that won’t let you down.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Vidigal 2017 Reserva Vinho Regional Lisboa
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, violet, raspberry vinaigrette, and papaya with a lean, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy finish conveying shades of raspberry leaf, strawberry crush, and blonde roast coffee with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and crisp red that is bursting with dark fruit flavors
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Dorina Lindemann 2015 Sel. 9 Tinta Barroca
87 points
$24.99
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate juice, and vanilla bean with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish conveying impressions of black tea and leather with drying, fine, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tangy red with bright red fruits and sweet vanilla notes.
87 points $24.99