Just when I thought I had tasted the best of red still wines available locally in the Northwest retail distribution, this one lands on my table and impressed the heck out of my palate. This was the second still wine I have tasted lately from a Portugal producer that really made me decide to start tasting everything I can from Portugal. The aromas and flavors of this wine fell into all of these categories and represented each descriptor with weight. Big, smooth, polished and elegant; for a wine to fulfill all of these qualities most would expect their wallet to be lightened up by at least a twenty dollar bill and in most cases even more. Hopefully Vale De Bofim is not a rarity among Portuguese red wines. I guess I will find out soon enough.
This wine consists of 55% Tinta Barroca 22% Tinta Roriz (Old vines) 3% Touriga Nacional and 3% Touriga Franca. This blend represents a style that proves to find fancy among European and American palates alike. In the past I have tried red still wines from Portugal and always finished them up thinking they were OK but still steeped in old world wine making techniques and would move back to the trusted new world, Italian and French wines I could afford and rely upon.
A couple of years ago my eyes were opened to new possibilities when a whole lot of wines from Spain started to show up on retailers’ shelves at reasonable prices and quality levels that seemed to be pretty consistent. They too were often blends of grapes we may not have been familiar with but the percentages of each did sound vaguely familiar. Look forward to reading about a lot more Portuguese wine reviews on this site after I return from Portugal in the fall. Until then take some chances and buy a few Portuguese wines. Sure you cannot go wrong with a nice Port wine but let these non-fortified versions surprise you as much as they have me.
Rating: Excellent (90) | $12 | 14.0% ABV