Get yourself to Costco for this $10 Highly Recommended pick, the Cabeca de Toiro ("Head of the Bull") Reserva Tejo DOC from Portugal.
A red blend of 34% Syrah, 33% Castelao and 33% Touriga Nacional from the Sao Joao Batista Estate in Brogueiro, Torres Novas, Tejo, Portugal. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and has less than 5 g/L of residual sugar.
The Cabeca de Toiro Reserva has an SRP of $17 but we found it at Costco for just $9.99. The average price on wine-searcher is $14 with what appears to be pretty limited distribution so Costco is definitely going to be your best bet. The wine is produced by Caves Velhas, which is a brand of Enoport Wines, and is imported by Winesellers LTD.
This wine has aged for 9 months in French oak barrels enhancing its intensity and complexity. The wine has a defined garnet colour and an intense aroma. It has a vigorous, luscious and harmonious flavor.
As we've always said, looking to some of the lesser known wine regions is a great way to find value and today we do just that with a wine from central Portugal. Tejo is a Portuguese wine region that tends to get overshadowed by the Douro and Dao of course, but also its neighbor Alentejo. Let's check this one out.
The 2016 Cabeca de Toiro Reserva opens with pleasing aromas of red and black fruits plus spice and a little leather. Tasting the wine reveals bright acidity to go along with the dark fruit and smooth texture. It also has nice touches of spice throughout.
This is a really tasty wine, almost to Bulk Buy territory if it had just a tad bit more depth of flavor. Touches of balsamic lead into the long, very dry, slightly chewy finish. As the "Head of the Bull" name suggests, this blend would go very well with red meat.
Ready to buy? See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here or visit your local Costco.
2016 Cabeca de Toiro Reserva
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