Thursday, January 29, 2009

***+ $ Quinta do Encontro Red Wine, 2004, Bairrada, Portugal - Review and Rating

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Review: The Quinta do Encontro Red Wine is a dry red wine from the Bairrada region of Portugal, which spent six months in French oak as part of the aging process. It is a blend of baga, touriga nacional, tinta roriz and merlot.

In the glass, the Quinta do Encontro is dark red, almost opaque, becoming a bit purplish at the edge. A young color for a wine already over four years from harvest.

The nose, while not extremely bold, is intriguing. It first delivers a high-pitched purple aromatic squeal - sort of a concentrated essence of sweet plum. That's mixed with just a touch of oak and barnyard with a mineral steeliness.

Moving to the palate, the unique experience continues. An extracted, tannic black cherry and blackberry coats the back of your mouth, lifting fruit up and forward, and sending slightly charred acids back and around your mouth. The finish moves along the dark, steely lines to a modest length wrap-up.

Three stars out of five with a plus for its compelling intensity. Awesome value at its very modest price.

Wine Spectator liked Quinta do Encontro Red Wine, awarding 85 points and saying, ""Dense and chewy, with flavors of mocha, licorice and dark plum. The muscular finish has plenty of dark chocolate. Drink now through 2010. 120,000 cases made."

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