“The Douro Valley has so much going in its favor, it’s almost ridiculous,” says New York Times critic Eric Asimov.
The country that made its mark on the wine world with its fortified Port wines is now turning heads with its stylish (dry!) reds. They're über-concentrated and really over-deliver on value-for-money.
Taste for yourself with this premium find from José Maria Soares, the man behind the most famous Douro Valley red of all (it's also the priciest, at $400-plus a bottle). He's joined forces with famed oenologist João Portugal Ramos to create Duorum (“from two”), an eco-friendly estate that happens to be next door to the latest venture of Bordeaux’s Lynch-Bages.
Altitude is a full-bodied blend of Portugal’s star red grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, aka Tempranillo. Aged a year in fine oak, it’s sure to impress.
Portugal's dry red wines are now so good, they “deserve a place at the table of wine lovers who love full-bodied, rich and ripe-tasting red wines” (Wine Spectator).