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Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 Portuguese Wines

Wine Enthusiast

Every year, Wine Enthusiast puts together an intriguing list of its TOP 100 BEST BUYS. This year, ten Portuguese wines were selected. They were reviewed by Roger Voss, the magazine’s European Editor…

Not all of these wines are available in the UK, but we have indicated their agent where relevant. The Top 100 listed below were based on the relationship between score and price and factoring in availability and buzz. They also tried to balance the list in terms of wine style, variety and origin.

Messias 2008 Quinta do Penedo Portuguese Red (Dão)
A wonderfully brooding, tannic wine that offers huge structure along with richness, dark plum skin fruit flavors and a tense mineral and flint texture. Obviously for aging over 4–5 years.

Casa do Valle 2010 Grande Escolha Portuguese White (Vinho Verde)
Big, ripe- fruited wine, full of apricot and peach flavors, a fine rounded texture, smooth and creamy. There is a great tangy citrus finish. Impressive, ripe and rich, definitely for food.

Quinta das Arcas 2010 Arca Nova Colheita Portuguese White (Vinho Verde)
Delicious bright fruited wine, full of lemongrass, green herbs and delicious lime juice and apricot flavors. Drink this summer as a great apéritif. For further information please contact Miguel Leal at Casa Leal.

Dao Sul 2009 Palestra Portuguese Red (Douro)
Big bold, attractive wine that strides over the palate, giving sweet fruit as well as acidity. The tannins are buried within the ripe red berry fruits that are edged with a more concentrated meaty character. For further information please contact Lance Foyster at Clark Foyster.

Bacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2008 Tinto da Anfora Portuguese Red (Alentejano)
Always an impressive wine, this latest vintage of Tinto da Anfora powers forward with great balance among its black fruits, ripe tannins, oak and enticing acidity. There is a jammy feel to the texture, although the firm structure holds it all together. For further information, please contact Andre Neves at Ehrmanns.

Luis Duarte 2009 Rapariga da Quinta Branco Portuguese White (Alentejano)
Intense wood-aged wine, with tropical fruits over the toast and layer of acidity. It’s impressive, with a fine balance of all the elements—richness and elegance. Give the wine a year to fully integrate.

Quinta do Portal 2007 Mural Reserva Portuguese Red (Douro)
A firm wine, based on dry tannins and some dense fruit. It has acidity, driven by black berry flavors. The core of the wine is dry, both from wood and acidity, and it will benefit from 2–3 years’ aging.
For further information, please contact Charles Hawkins at Charles Hawkins & Partners on: 01572 823030

Wines & Winemakers 2008 Azul Portugal Portuguese Red (Ribatejo)
A very soft-textured wine with delicious jammy fruits that give spice and juiciness. It has a rich feel to it, velvet in the mouth, while the acidity adds just the right amount of freshness

DFJ Vinhos 2010 Grand’Arte Alvarinho (Lisboa)
Full and rounded wine, with touches of toast, pineapple, melon and peach. It’s a fine expression of Alvarinho, keeping the essential fresh structure of the grape while also giving extra weight and richness. For further information please contact Fil Fernandes at 10 International .

Quinta do Serrado 2007 Serrado Colheita Portuguese Red (Dão)
A darkly tannic wine, very mineral, tasting of the granite Dão soil. The wine is taut, fresh with black currants, its structure a major element. For aging 3–4 years.