Quinta do Portal 1999 Douro Reserva ($18.99)
A blend of three of the traditional Port red grapes vinified dry, this is an inky, blackish-purple wine, Portlike in its deep color and in its warm, pruney, grapey aromas. On the palate, though, it's bone-dry, ripe and bursting with lush if rather simple black fruit and crisp acidity with a tart lemony twang. Pleasant "barnyard" and "tarry" notes and a touch of herbs add rustic complexity and flavor interest. US Importer: MHW Ltd, Manhasset, N.Y. (Jan 11, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: Its ripe and grapey fruit worked very nicely with a quick, simplified "Cordon Bleu" dish of chicken breasts wrapped in prosciutto with a slice of earthy Emmentaler cheese.
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