Deeply colored, fantastically fruity, but also minerally and great value this Douro Valley red, 2008 PV Sagrado, is worth searching out. Perfect for the Halloween festivities tonight, or indeed for any fall or winter gathering of friends and family. I tasted this wine a short while ago at a tasting of Douro red wines. Overall I was very impressed at the quality:price ratio of all the wines tasted, and it was quite difficult to pick out just one wine to favor. But there had to be a winner, and for me it was this 2008 PV Sagrado from Quinta do Sagrada in Portugal's Douro Valley.
It has a deep, vibrant ruby color. The nose is lively, bursting with dark, ripe red and black fruit — a medley of all sorts of wild berries and plums intertwined with a distinctive savory, earthy mineralty that adds interest and dimension to the wine. On the palate it is refreshing and exuberant, packed with ripe juicy flavors with notes of dried herbs and hints of smoke. Fairly full-bodied with a long minerally finish.
At the Table: This is a wine that will work equally well with a robust meaty dish such as a winter beef stew as well as a vegetarian option such as grilled Portobello mushrooms served with Puy lentils. Alternatively it delisious and juicy enough to enjoy on its own with nibbles such as chunks of aged hard cheese like Cheddar or Asiago.
About The Douro Valley and PV Sagrado from Quinto do Sagrado
The Douro Valley wine region in Portugal is long famous for its sweet, fortified Port wines. Today the region is gaining additional acclaim for its dry reds made from various combinations of its many indigenous varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Cao. This particular wine, 2008 PV Sagrado, is made from a field blend of 20 different native varieties. It was fermented using indigenous yeasts and aged in a mix of stainless steel and large old oak cask. PV is a venture between three partners, one being a member of the Calem family, which has owned Quinta do Sagrado, a famous Port House, for about 150 years. PV was established with the explicit aim of making high quality red Douro wines.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.
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