Quinta da Rede Reserva 2015
I spent the afternoon in my garden with a glass of this deep ruby-red Duoro valley gem, a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz (also known as Aragoñes in other parts of Portugal and Tempranillo in Spain).
It has a fair amount of aromatic intensity and complexity. Primary notes include black cherry, black plum, anise, and dried herbs, along with a distinct mineral tone, reminiscent of wet granite, and a demure perfumed character, bringing to mind violets. Layered on top of these aromas are notes of cedar, vanilla, and smoke, accompanied by still developing aromas of sweet tobacco and meat. On the palate, there is also a pleasant mocha flavour.
The wine is dry with a decent amount of acidity, medium alcohol, smooth, velvety tannins, and medium to full body.
The wine is both balanced and fairly complex, with characteristic and pleasing flavours, some bold and others more delicate, but nevertheless discernible, all of them coming together in harmony. The finish is reasonably long.
It’s an enjoyable wine, accessible, but interesting, and therefore, engaging. It can be enjoyed now, but it is still developing, and in my view, its flavours will improve and intensify with some cellaring.
It pairs well with chilly or cold rainy weather, great for fall and spring. It should go well with food that is not too acidic, perhaps a cheese and/or a charcuterie board.