RKS Wine: The Douro’s Rede Reserva

A blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. The usual Douro red wine suspects as I like to say. But if any of them are arrested they’ll be acquitted of all charges based on good taste of course.

Virtually purple in colour. Aromatics of a Douro winery at harvest time. Intense nose of blackberry, black plum, coal and blueberry. On the palate the tannins are not intense but they slowly creep up. Maraschino cherry, black cherry, blueberry pie with a hint of black licorice. A moderately long finish with a twist of cloves and pepper.

An authentic Douro wine at a dream price. I picked up at a manager’s discount at just over $10. Pinch me please.

As usual Douro reds match ox and beef. Would also pair well with Shakshuka with Feta (New York Times).

Best consume by the end of 2023.

You’d be hard pressed to beat Douro reds for value and quality. How do they do it?

RKS Wine Rating 89/100.

(Rede Reserva Douro DOC 2016, Quinta da Rede Mesão Frio, Portugal, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 431262, 750 mL, 13.5% RKS Wine Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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