Last year we introduced Rui Abecassis to our readers. Rui is a new negociant of Portuguese wines who has a talent for selecting fruit forward, charming and affordable wines. These four wines are among his newest selections and they are a joy to drink. We especially enjoyed a delicious wine from Alvaro Castro, one of the DAO’s finest producers, and a rather unique Vinho Verde Rose made of Vinhão.
Alvaro Castro 2011 DAC DAO ($14) 91 The 2011 DAC is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 20% Jean, 30% Tinta Roriz and 20% Alfrocheiro. The grapes are sourced from Alvaro Castro’s family estate in the DAO. Dark ruby in color, the wine offers aromas of black cherry with hints of black pepper and garrigue. On the palate it reveals a silky smooth mouth feel with nicely concentrated smoky black fruit and earthy flavors, silky tannins and a long finish. Delicious.
Ataide Semedo 2012 Tinto Bairrada ($17) 89 The Ataide Semedo is a blend of 50% Baga and 50% Touriga Nacional. It has an opaque ruby color and aromas of very ripe and earthy black fruit with hints of earth. Aged 10 months in stainless steel, it is soft and lush on the palate with a velvet texture, firm tannins and a long finish. .
Vera 2013 Vinho Verde Portugal ($11) 88 The 2013 Vera is an easy drinking blend of 60% Arinto, 30% Azal and 10% Loureiro . It is crisp on the attack with freshness and offers ripe apple and pear aromas and flavors with a hint of salt. It has good structure and acidity and will provide early drinking pleasure.
Vera 2013 Vinho Verde Rosé Vinho Verde ($11) 88 This is a tasty rosé of two indigenous Portuguese grapes: Vinhão (60%) and Rabo-de-Anho (40%). It is crisp and fragrant on the nose offering aromas and flavors of dried red cherries and cranberries. It is bright, crisp and fresh on the palate with a pleasant finish. It will provide drinking enjoyment over the next two years.
Importer: Obrigado-Vinhos Portugal