Quinta Nova Pomares Duoro (Tinto) Review
A great alternative when you’re tired of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir but still want a cozy, warm-feeling wine. It reminded me of an earthy Sangiovese.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Where to Buy It
Buy it at: International Wine of the Month Club
From this winery: Quinta Nova
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Red blend
Other characteristics: Food friendly
Pomares Duoro (Tinto): What I think
Douro is Portugal’s best known wine region and is more broadly known as Douro + Porto (the origin of Portugal’s most famous wine style, Port). Wines from Douro frequently show up on Top 100 wine lists from publications like Wine Spectator and they typically offer better value (quality to price ratio) than other European red wines.
One way to think of Portuguese wine (and Spanish wine, too) is that it’s Old World wine for people who prefer New World wine. If you don’t understand what I mean by that, here’s a great primer on the concept.
This particular Tinto (red wine in Portuguese) is made of three native Portuguese grapes. The Touriga Franca is the most widely planted grape in Douro and is one of the five grapes legally allowed in Port. This blend is essentially a “traditional” red wine blend for Douro and is a great introduction to red wine from the region.
I found the wine smooth, with subtle fruit and spice. It was a bright and food-friendly wine that while enjoyable was not necessarily unique. A great alternative when you’re tired of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir but still want a cozy, warm-feeling wine. It reminded me of an earthy Sangiovese.
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