RKS Wine: Quinta Cabriz’s Rosé from Portugal’s Dão

We do not see very many rosés from Portugal and I think I have yet to see any sparklers. Timid Liquor Control Board of Ontario buyers?

Great Food at Quinta Cabriz in 2018! Photos Robert K. Stephen

The Cabriz Colheita Selecionada 2020 rosé is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro and clocks in at $13.95. In colour it is barely pink so I am wondering what sort of punch it has to it? Is it more of a white than a red wine or is it somewhere in between? I believe I had it in Obidos in Portugal with roasted baby goat and it was a stellar match.

Photo Robert K. Stephen

On the nose it is a middle of the road rosé meaning it is neither red nor white. How is that for a brilliant statement about a rosé? Yet a Pinot Noir rosé most often is more red than white. In any case there is light influences of sweet red cherry, raspberry and watermelon. On the palate it is very light once again with raspberry and cherry influences with a bit of a raspy finish that saves it from being a 99-pound weakling. I would pair with a Greek salad or if in Portugal with a tomato salad or even Bachalau. Perfectly fine to sip on its own. An innocuous wine for a steamy hot and humid day. Drink by the end of 2022. It just might suit grilled chicken with a beer and paprika spice rub?

(Cabriz Colheita Selecionada Rosé 2020, DOC Dão, Global Wines Carregal Do Sal, Portugal, $13.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 30445, 750 mL, 12.5%, RKS Wine Rating 85/100).

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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