Earlier this summer we enjoyed a bottle of the 2006 Palestra and found it was quite delightful at a very good price. Now we just enjoyed a bottle of the newly released 2007 vintage, and once again were impressed. The Encostas do Douro Palestra is a blend of Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. All these grapes are indigenous to the Douro Region of Portugal. This wine has a dark ruby/purple color and a rich nose of black cherry, blackberry and spice. This is a medium bodied wine with flavors of dark berry, cherry, licorice and lingering black pepper. This wine has a gentle and rich mouth feel from abundant, but well integrated, dusty tannins. The finish is soft and elegant, dry with no harsh edges. This 2007 vintage of the Palestra is another example of a great table wine, from Portugal, that can be found in the Seattle area for about $9. We enjoyed this nice wine with some tasty grilled chicken and vegetables on a great summer day! Seek out this wine.