Portugal is the most unheralded nation in Europe’s Pantheon of Wine, due to its small size and and the relative obscurity of many of its native grape varietals. It is these very factors, however, that make Portugal the home to one of the most fiercely independent winegrowing cultures on earth, and the producers of phenomenal values. The February edition of Nicky’s Sixx is the All Portugal show, featuring four silky reds and two aromatic whites. Reg Price $72.99, Sale $54.99
Herdade do Esporao “Monte Velho” Branco (Antao Vaz, Roupeiro, Perrum), Alentejo, Portugal, 2015 – An intensely aromatic wine, bursting with funky herbal aromas and soft white flowers. Deep and powerful.
Herdade do Esporao “Monte Velho” Tinto (Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Syrah), Alentejo, Portugal, 2015 – Blackberry and plum play nicely with the meaty, smoky backbone of this wine. Perfect for burgers and other flame-touched foods.
Quinta da Cabriz Branco (Encruzado, Bical, Malvasia, Cerceal), Dao, Portugal, NV – Bright & tropical with gleaming acidity and a dry, peppery finish.
Terra Boa Tinto “Old Vines” (Field Blend), Beira, Portugal, 2014 – A classic “field blend” of many and varied ancient vines, this is in my Pizza Parliament.
Mondeco Vinho Tinto (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Baga), Dao, Portugal, 2010 – A beautifully aged and deliciously piquant specimen, a showcase for Portugal’s native varietals.
Adegame Tinto Reserva “Dory” (Tourigan Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah), Alentejo, Portugal, 2011 – Diego Lopez and Anselmo Mendez – two the the best winemakers in Portugal – teamed up to make this ultra-modern wine. Velvety soft with clovey oak and tremendous depth.
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Durham Co-op Market