Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas 2019 Douro

Posted by Keith Wallace

The rough translation of this brand is “Full Moon over Old Vines,” which is pretty apt for their wines. They aren’t a winery but a project of entrepreneur Manuel Dias and winemaker Francisco Baptista. They make wines across Portugal, contracting with third-party wineries, but this is one of my favorites. Little is known of the wine (Decanter Magazine says the grapes are “Vinhas Velhas,” which is laughable.) Most likely, it’s a field blend of old-vine Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca.

Wildly aromatic, redolent of crushed blueberries and burnt cedar. This is not the most complex of wines, and its fruit bomb nose merges into its full-bodied fruit bomb palate. And it’s blueberries all the way down. Tannins are impressive but smooth with a finish of chocolate and smoldering vanilla.

Rating: 90 Points | Purchased in Pennsvyania for $8.99, but a great value up to $15.

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