Trying to get back to writing up some TNs, have been so busy organising some outings for inner-city school kids!
I was able to attend one of DeVine Wines excellent evening tastings downtown last week so here are my brief impressions, remember only 2 oz pours.
2010 Varanda do Conde Vinho Veerde is a blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura. Soft aromatic nose, easy drinking, slate, off-dry. Good value at $15 Cdn.
2004 Encostas de Estremoz Touriga Franca, Alentejo. Good depth of color, pepper, earthy, smooth finish, plum, spice. The Alicante Bouschet from here went well last year. $22 Cdn.
2004 Encostas de Estremoz Touriga Nacional, Alentejo. I have never been a fan of 100% TN, cherry, raspberry, tad more structure than above but did not do it for me. $22 Cdn.
2009 Quinta do Portal Tinta Roriz, Douro. Just love anything from Portal, very dry, dark cherry flavors, lots of wine here. 4hr decant, way too young but oh the potential. $50 Cdn but guess cheaper elsewhere!!
2009 Quinta Nova Colheita, Douro. I always like this one, great value at $24. No oak, some Tinta Cao blended in, blackberry, ripe, some sweetness, top drawer.
2007 Campolargo Tinto, Dao. Hoorah, no chocolate! Good but overpriced at $30. Thought rather tart, needs patience and time I think. Miss.
2005 Campolargo Valdazar, Bairrada. Another $30 bottle, licorice, I passed on this one. No appeal for this dedicated Portugal fan.