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Although Portugal's centuries-old production of exquisite Ports and Madeiras has long overshadowed the country's table wines, the wine world has awakened to the next new region for good, affordable, dry red wine. Most wines are blended from several grapes among the 230-plus varietals found primarily in Portugal. Fruit for this estate-produced wine was sourced from vines clinging to steep, rocky slopes bordering the Douro River, an area characterized by harsh, extreme temperatures. Aged eight months in small oak barrels, this well-structured wine exhibits a bold expression of black fruit aromas with ripe plum and cherry fruit on the palate. Drink now and over the next six to eight years. Good with roasted or grilled beef, lamb and game dishes. Where to buy it: Sip Wine Market, Bacchanal. (Listings current at press time.)
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