This is our first featured Portuguese wine and it is thrilling! The depth and richness of the wine is like no other - it is literally a meal by itself!
Like Argentina and Spain, Portugal is on the fast track to becoming a major player in the wine world. Known for its fortified Port wines, Portuguese still wines (neither fortified nor sparkling) are simply amazing. Case and point is this week's Merchant's Pick, the 2007 Quinta do Quetzal Reserva, a wine we selected from dozens.
While Duoro is a popular northern wine growing region, this particular gem hails from Alentejo, which is located in southern Portugal. The wine is simply outstanding! It is big, juicy, elaborate and literally in a class by itself.
Quetzal is not a fruit forward wine in the sense that it is not "purple" and youthful. Just the opposite. It is a sumptuous wine with nuance. The core is replete with ripe raspberries, blackberries and silky plums. Balanced with spice from wood aging, there are notes of white pepper, dark chocolate and vanilla. What was really unique about the flavors were a combination of charred meat, burnt wood and spice. While they were accents and certainly not overwhelming, they added an unbelievable dimension to the wine.
Enjoy this fantastic red as you would your favorite Rioja or even your favorite Zinfandel. I'm thinking barbecue! Enjoy.Read More »