Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Duoro Valley

There has been a lot of buzz lately around the Duoro Valley in Portugal, famous for it's ports. The buzz however it is not about the port this time but about their red wine called Duoro wine. During the last couple of years the quality of their nonfortified red wines has radically improved, been discovered, and more importantly, been tickeling minds of the potential of these wine for the future, if quality continues to improve. Could they rival the port?
I went to our local BevMo today to pick up a bottle and to see what the hype is all about. I picked the most expensive Duoro wine they offered (a Wiese and Krohn for a daunting $9.99...), in hope to get a feel for what this valley is capable of.
The Wiese and Krohn "Valtorto" 2004 has restrained dark fruit and cherries on the nose. Once in your mouth the spicy plum and dark fruit is quickly drowned by a long spicy finish with tart tannins. This is a wine that requires a meal. A rich beef dish would be my choice.
This is my first Duoro wine and I need to taste more before having an opinion... However I think this particular bottle would be more enjoyable after some time in the cellar, or maybe just even decanted an hour before consuming.

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