Quinta Das Carvalhas Douro Touriga Nacional 2012, Portugal 87

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $20.

 

Deep inky in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, raspberries, plums, cherries, alcohol, toasted oak, vanilla, cloves, licorice, dust, wet rocks vegetables, herbs, graphite, earth, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, red currants, earth, forest floor, smoke, toasted oak, eucalyptus, spices, green herbs and black pepper.

Nice length on the on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

A very enjoyable red wine from Portugal. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a nice bite.
Soft, with nice complexity and a tangy ending.

This five-year-old is drinking nicely now and will be good in the next couple of years.
Reminded me of a lighter California Zinfandel, although it is earthier.

Drinkable right out of the bottle, but gets its tannins and some complexity after 30 minutes in a decanter.

I paired it with Parmesan cheese and crackers.

100% Touriga Nacional grapes, aged for 12 months in Oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

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