Dow Vale do Bomfim Reserva, 2005
This dry red wine from Portugal is produced by from the house of Dow. Their reputation lies in the production of high quality Ports during the past 350 years. The Vale do Bomfim Reserva is produced from 45% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, & 5% Tinta Barroca. This is an example of modern winemaking from established vineyards with traditional grape varieties from the upper Douro Valley. This is an elegant wine with a deep purple/red color and delightful aromas of black fruit, oak and spice. This is a rich wine with lovely flavors of blackberry, cherry, cocoa and pumpkin pie spice and a hint of oak. There is a cloak of velvety tannins and a medium/full body that is quite appealing and delicious.
This is a prime example of the high quality modern wines starting to come to us from the Douro DOC. We found this “over-achiever”, from Portugal, at Esquin Wine Shop, in Seattle, for about $12. Excellent.