Portuguese Wine Recommendations

Posted by Keith Wallace

From Port to Vinho Verde

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Port Recommendations

Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port $$ For medium-term aging (10 years or less). Youthful and charismatic, this wine hits its stride in a commanding triumvirate of chocolate, strawberry, and spice.

Fonseca Vintage Port $$$$ Earthen blueberries with a violet and fresh mint layer. Rich, tannic, and a perfect balance of residual sugar to layered into a complex of mineral and spice. Age for 10-30 years.

Madeira Recommendations

Broadbent Rainwater Madeira $$ A distinctive Rainwater bottling that evokes the holidays everytime I drink it. Evocative of British figgy pudding: dried fruit, walnuts, nutmeg, and currants.

Rare Wine Co. New York Malmsey Madeira $$$$ A dessert wine of depth and complexity. Pecan toffee and milk chocolate over a smoked apple core that fills the nostrils with baking spices.  Retains a wonderful freshness throughout. 

Red Wine Recommendations

Niepoort Drink Me Nat’Cool A biodynamic red from Bairrada. Crunchy red fruit with a wreath of flowers on the finish. A cutting-edge natural wine made from the Baga grape.

Herdade Do Esporao Reserva Red $$ From Douro, this is a high-altitude port-blend centered on Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. Wildflowers on the nose with a chewy attack and black fruit compote that manages to retain balance.

Quinta Dos Murcas Minas $$ Blend of Tempranillo and Trincadeira from Alentejo, this a spicy whirlwind of a bottling. Densely textured and swirling with allspice and coriander. It leaves a crater of blueberry where your brain used to be. 

Quinta do Infantado Tinto $$ Field blend of Touriga Franca,  Tempranillo, and Touriga Nacional. A brilliant bottle of red wine from one of the best independent port producers. 

White Wine Recommendations

Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde $ From the Cavado region, a single vineyard blend of Arinto, Azal, Trajadura. Lighting-like zest with a quenchable character and white floral notes.

Quinta da Pellada Quinta de Saes Encruzado Reserva $$$ From Dao, a modern classic of Portuguese wine making. Sur lie bottling of the rare indigenous Encruzado grape. Powerful and concentrated with all the brine and wet stones of the Atlantic ocean.

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