Ana Diogo-Draper Red Review
Portuguese-born Ana Diogo-Draper likes to work with several varieties, especially terroir-driven Tempranillo. There aren’t enough Portuguese wines being sold in the US, but this is a great example of why there should be.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2020 Ana Diogo-Draper Red
Blend: Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional (percentages not disclosed)
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Retail price: $21.99
Angel price: $12.99
Angels who would buy again: 88% of 1,011 would buy again
I consumed it: February 2023
My source: Nakedwines.com
The Back Label
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Red blend
Tasting notes: Red fruit, Spice, Smooth tannin
Ana Diogo-Draper Red: What I think
Tempranillo is more often associated with Spanish wine, but it’s a mainstay in Portugal, too, primarily in central Alentejo and the more well-known Douro. Touriga Nacional — typically a key blending grape for Port — is one of Portugal’s officially-acknowledged native grapes, but like other Mediterranean wine-producing countries, there are hundreds that are not officially acknowledged as native.
When I first smelled this wine, I thought it resembled a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Syrah — it was all spiced red fruit. On the palate the wine was smooth and more subtle than its boisterous nose implied it would be.
I’m new to Portuguese wine myself, though this was not my first, and it’s a region worth exploring if you are interested in bolder red wines without California price tags.
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