A Portuguese wine with an interesting concept, but how is the execution?
$7.99 at Costco.
From the bottle:
A wine born in Northern Portugals wild and mountainous Douro Valley. Created in 1756 by Marquess of Pombal, the Douro is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
This wine brings together, in a single bottle, a careful selection of great vineyards, Touriga Nacional (10%), Tinta Roriz (30%), Touriga Franca (30%) and Tinta Barroca (30%) grape varieties and the renowned Portugese winemakers Anselmo Mendes, João Silva e Sousa and M. Antónia Gomes. Intense, ripe fruit flavors, fine balance, marked elegance and a long velvety finish. This is a natural product and over time may leave some sediment.
The concept here is to create a wine that represents a region in Portugal. Wines and Winemakers by Saven produces a whole series of wines that represent multiple regions, all made by a number of different winemakers. It sounds great, but the question we're most concerned about is "How does it taste??"
We found the Azul Portugal Douro to be a sweet wine with lots of fruit but a bit on the tangy side. It also exhibited a kind of woodsy earthiness that detracts from wine. It was relatively smooth just not very exciting. My wife and I both liked the wine better the first day, so keep that in mind. Overall, you can find better for $8.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 6.0
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