Quinta Nova Pomares 2019
Have you noticed that people have been saying they just got back from Portugal??? The food and wine scene is one of the best in Europe right now (and very reasonably priced!), so folks are flocking to Portugal and discovering the old world charm of everything Portughese! We tasted a series of wines from Portugal and fell in love with this red. Made from all local varieties, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Nacional, it is the perfect introduction to Portughese reds. This has very pure, natural fruit intensity with youthful aromas of ripe red fruits especially wild cherry, currant and plums and along with an inner floral perfume and minerality. The smooth palate has silky tannins and a touch of acidity that gives lift to the rich, complex fruits. This is truly delicious and complex, and a terrific value under $20.
The Quinta Nova winery dates back to 1764, boasting beautifully situated vineyards on the northern shore of the Douro River in one of the most prestigious sub-regions, Cima Corgo, close to Pinhao. The current owners, the Amorim family, purchased the estate in 1999, but has been a leader in cork production in Portugal since the 1870s. Luisa Amorim, the youngest member of the fourth generation (and a Woman in Wine!) is at the heart and soul of this winery, bringing unsurpassed passion to the project, producing wines based upon a great tradition and modern techniques. The entire estate covers 120 hectares with 85 planted to vines.