WINE OF THE MONTH-APRIL

Oops! Running behind a bit here. Let’s take a look at the 2007 vintage from the Douro Valley in Portugal. This region grows an abundance of unique, indigenous red fruit that saw one of its best vintages ever in 2007. In fact, there is plenty of Vintage Port hitting the marketplace at bargain prices, including the highly acclaimed Dow’s which the Wine Spectator awarded a rare 100 point score (I scooped up two bottles but won’t be tasting it any time soon). For less intense examples of wine from Portugal, you can’t go wrong with these fruity, minerally blends from the Douro. All are great values for the overall quality of the wines, and one that I tasted recently merits mention here.

Quinta do Vallado Duoro Valley 2007, 91 Points, $20, 15,833 cases made

Bright, vibrant aromas of red plum and wild berry fruit above soft smokey mineral notes. Plush, concentrated body of red plum, cherry and wild raspberry fruit above an edge of green olive and herb spice. Long finish, substantial, creamy fruit lingers with a hint of smoke. Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barocca.

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