Quinta do Portal 2003 "Mural" Douro ($8.99)
This is a very dark blackish-purple wine with ruby glints. Smoky black-cherry and plum aromas carry over on the palate as medium-bodied black-fruit flavors shaped by tart, almost sour acidity that's fine with food but on the tangy side for sipping by itself. Light tannins appear only in the long, tart finish. A blend of 60 percent Touriga Franca, 25% Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo) and 15 percent Touriga Nacional, it's aged nine months in French barrels. US Importer: MHW Ltd., Manhasset, N.Y. (Feb 21, 2006)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with red meat or roast or grilled poultry; it was excellent with a Portuguese dish, the Galinha Estufada featured in the Wine Advisor FoodLetter on Feb. 16, 2006.
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