RKS Wines: Quadrus Red 2015 from the Douro

You have some of your usual suspects in the Douro grape department. 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz and 15% Sousão.

The colour of the wine verges on purple which may be the result of the dark juiced Sousão. As for aromas there is an overall creaminess to the nose which is brimming with lively blackberry within a vanilla framework with black cherry skirting around the edges. The wine has definitely seen some oak some of it must be new French oak. On the palate there are some mild tannins that are seamlessly integrated into the wine. Big lighthouse beams of blackberry predominate the palate but there are hints of licorice and dark chocolate and even a tad of maple syrup. This is a rich full- bodied wine where pure blackberry champions both the nose and palate. It will improve in the bottle over the next three years. Dare I say simple and delicious? You might want to pour into a decanter an hour prior to serving.

It is so good on its own but with food would suit just about any cut of beef and would go well with a vegetarian pasta sauce with fresh herbs topped with Parmesan cheese.

(Quadrus Douro 2015, Douro DOC, Miravino, Porto, Portugal $ 22.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 440305, 750 ml, 14%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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