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2009 Altano Tinto 

Douro Valley, Portugal

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$9-$11 Retail

One of many noted wineries and Port houses owned by the renowned Symington Family Estates in Portugal's Douro region, Altano produces this bargain-priced red wine. A blend of touriga Franca, tinta Roriz and tinta barroca, the grapes were sourced from vines clinging to the steep, stony slopes along the Douro River. The wine is vinified in stainless steel vats with pump overs and maceration to extract color and aromas from the grape skins, seeds and stems. In the glass, it offers aromas of red and dark berries and spice notes. On the palate, taste plum, black cherry, earthy undertones and pepper. Decant 30 minutes before serving for best flavor. Drink it with wild game, rack of lamb, barbecue, hearty stews and pizza. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie and Swirl Wine Bar & Market.

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