Conceito 2012 “Contraste” Red, Douro (Portugal)

Posted by Keith Wallace

The tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high-toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla just in the background.

The melody here is fresh red fruit and a bridge of dark berry. Rustic notes come to jam the middle palate with some serious old-world bravado. A field blend from a forty-year-old vineyard and a fermented/aged in whatever was lying about the winery. I am popping open a bottle of this the next time I grill up some lamb kebobs. Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Touriga Franca.

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