RKS Wine: A Douro Delight? Prova Cega Sparks Demonstrations Against Canadian Wine Writer in Portugal!

Spoilt brats like me get so accustomed to consistent excellence of Douro reds from Portugal they often fail to become excited by them and instead nonchalantly assume excellence. Poor spoilt brat! What pressure on Douro winemakers to be held in such high esteem! I have had some knockouts at under $15 so money doesn’t necessarily determine Douro excellence.

Now that I have opened my big mouth what about a 2019 Provo Cega from the Douro. A blend of the “usual suspects” of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Sousão.

Dark purple in colour. For aromatics black cherry, blueberry, floral notes, spice, root beer and lavender. On the palate moderate to heavy tannins with black cherry and assorted black fruits including blackberry. Medium finish. Would suit grilled Ox or pork and clams Portuguese style. Also would suit medium rare grilled beef or a Douro Duck and Rice Casserole. Eggplant Parmesan would like to be a friend of this wine or some Greek Pastitsio.

This will calm down a bit in the next two years if you like a less robust wine.

This spoilt brat rolls his eyes and says not another excellent Douro red! A real spoilt spoilt brat. If I keep this up next time I land in Porto the anti-Robert demonstrations will be larger than the last time!

(Prova Cega 2019, DOC Douro, Quinta de Curvos, Braga, Portugal, $14.95, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 446054 RKS Wine Rating 92/100)

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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