Thursday, July 16, 2009

*** $ Vinha Conchas Red (Tinto), 2005, Quinta da Cortezia, Estremadura, Portugal - Review and Rating

Review: Vinha Conchas Red (Tinto) is part of the Quinta da Cortezia line, hailing from the regional Portugal area of Estremadura. It is made from locally known grapes tinta roriz, touriga nacional and trincadeira. The vineyards are characterized by clay stone. Alcohol is modest - at 12.5 percent - and the wine comes to the United States at a value price.

In the glass, Vinha Conchas Red is quite deep red, almost mahogany. As I swirl the glass, aromas come swirling into the room. They are purply and bright.

When you sip, you first notice the bright red-fruit sweetness right at the front tip of your mouth. Like a fully ripe, sweet strawberry. Consistent candy strawberry and raspberry flows into your mouth. Very mild acids touch your cheeks. Tannins seem nonexistent at this point, a few years in bottle. So the finish, though quick, is sweet, clean and light.

I'd probably hold this to two stars, not being quite ready to chase a future bottle, but it gets a plus for outstanding balance and friendliness. I'll be curious with a bit of a decant, but doesn't really want any more bottle aging.

Think of this wine every place you'd consider a pinot noir - its style is consistent with pinot noir. Think a sip before dinner, or with savory turkey dishes, fish, etc. Good value.

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Following a LONG decant (almost three hours) this mellowed a bit further, adding excellent balance to the equation, and moving up to three stars out of five, and making it best value.

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