RKS Wine: Bargain Basement Cistus from Portugal’s Douro

If you follow Portuguese wines price is not necessarily linked to quality. You can score some ageable and high-quality wines under $15. And they keep sneaking into Ontario at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Yes one does like to support the local wine industry but given the low cost winners from Portugal do you vote for quality or nationalism?

The 2019 Cistus is $12.95 and it is from the Douro stubbornly clinging to mostly indigenous grapes resulting in stubborningly high quality wines. The wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca.

On the nose raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate all held quite close to the chest. I think it is fresh baked raspberry pie that dominates the inner nose of this wine. On the palate you are facing a full-bodied wine that is tightly structured. A broad-based attack of blueberry a hallmark of Tinta Roriz. Pussycat tannins. A moderately long finish you might think but it fades ever so slowly so I change my mind and say a long finish! Fermented in stainless steel which permits the blueberry to shine and 20% of the wine was matured in oak barrels. Although this would suit beef it might very well suit a vegetarian Greek bean soup you can find the recipe for here https://miakouppa.com/2017/11/13/fasolatha-with-tomato-%cf%86%ce%b1%cf%83%ce%bf%ce%bb%ce%ac%ce%b4%ce%b1-%ce%bc%ce%b5-%ce%bd%cf%84%ce%bf%ce%bc%ce%ac%cf%84%ce%b1/

Drink by the end of 2023.

(Cistus 2019 DOC Douro, Quinta do Vale da Perdiz, Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal, $12.95, LCBO # 22146, 750 mL, 14%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 87/100).

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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