DOWN THE DOURO, GREAT VALUE WAITS
About 125 kilometers upstream from the Atlantic Ocean lies the heart of the upper Douro wine region. With temperatures in the summer pushing 40 degrees Celsius, the steep vineyard covered terraces along the Douro River provide a unique microclimate for grapes to flourish and ripen. Accolades roll in. While Porca de Murca is one of the most popular wine brands in Portugal, we are able to enjoy the higher tier of quality with the Reserva tinto (red). With their top vineyard sites located around the town of Pinhao, the “Queen” of the Douro, the best parcels are selected and aged for a minimum of one year in small new and past vintage filled barriques. Deep red in colour with plum, spices, black currant and vanilla notes lead us to a super long finish on the palate. Definitely ready to benefit from a few more years of cellaring, it is drinking quite nicely now. Uncork the bottle a half an hour before pouring. Serve with pork chops and asparagus spears from the BBQ which will allow the grillmeister to do double duty with meat and vegetable simultaneously. Boiled mini potatoes sprinkled with fresh dill and basil will round out the meal. Oh, forgot, Wine Spectator gave it 90 points in its July 31, 2017 issue. 2014 PORCA DE MURCA DOURO RESERVA TINTO V684753, $18.95.