2007 Quinta da Aveleda Douro Charamba
Appellation: Douro, Portugal
Tasting Notes: 13% ABV. This wine is made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Roriz. Since I had not only never had these varietals, I had never heard of them, so I was very excited to try this wine. Color is dark, but the wine is not completely opaque, which is interesting. Nose at first is a cedar box full of dark cherries. I also get a little earthiness. Attack is dark fruit with that wood, then transitioning to some pepper. The finish is dry, with more fruit lingering for a bit. Acidic. An interesting mouthfeel transition – at first, this is very smooth and elegant, but becomes a little less refined as it moves through the mouth. Nice structure. The wood and acidity don’t play perfectly well together. Very interesting, unique, and very good QPR.
Price: About $10, this was in the Chesapeake Wine case of the month