It’s easy to overlook the standard reds of the Douro region, but this blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Amarela is an interesting and unusual — yet highly drinkable — wine.
The nose of this Pombal do Vesuvio bottling offers sour cherries, black pepper, and rhubarb. The slightly sour body features more cherry and lingonberry notes, with a light balsamic character atop it. Secondary notes of black tea, cola, and dried spices take this to a bit of a weird place on the palate, with a tawny port edge overtaking the finish.
Strange stuff, but it’s enchanting in its own way and demands revisiting to explore its quirky, rustic charms.
B+ / $27 / quintadovesuvio.com