RKS Wine: Douro’s Uniqo

A blend of Touriga Nacional (50%), Touriga Franca (30%) and Tinta Roriz (20%). It has spent 18 months in French oak.

On the nose this portrays itself as a very big wine with notes of Chambord, black cherry, fig jam and blackberry. On the palate the tannins are moderate with acids totally under control. The palate is laid back but it is a case of crouching tiger and hidden dragon. After 8 years I sense it is not fully developed and will need at least a couple of years to get out of its shell. What fruit there is would be blackberry, blueberry and cherry pie.

As this is an intense and developing wine best with food. In fact built for food! Mushroom Ragout with Parsnips over Polenta.

(Uniqo Reserva 2014, Douro DOC, Das Quintas, Portugal, $29.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 14435, 750 mL, 14%, 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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