October 30, 2007

Altano 2005 Douro, 13 percent alcohol, about $8

Portugal's Douro Valley is most famous for the rich, sweet Port wines it puts out, but the region makes excellent dry wines as well.

Here's proof, and at a bargain price. A blend of tinta roriz and touriga franca - the same grapes that go into Port wines - this has the cherry-berry flavors and whiff of herbs that you'd expect from a Port, only it's dry. With plenty of acidity, it feels light on its feet even though it packs plenty of fruit, and it carries enough tannin to take on a double-cut pork chop with ease. No wonder - it's made by the Symington family - owners of Port houses Warre, Dow, Graham, Smith Woodhouse, Gould Campbell and Quinta do Vesuvio.

Imported by Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Ala.

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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