2015 Opta Tinto, Dao, Portugal

Price: $11.99

Nuno Cancela de Abreu is a person whom you could call the “Elder Statesman” of winemaking in Central Portugal and he carries the torch as the fourth generation of his family to operate their estate in the foggy, cool climate hills of the Dão that sit above the village of Mortagua. His Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). This wine presents the delicate, pretty side of Dao. Tasted blind we thought it was a high-quality Côtes du Rhône! Its bright fruit flavors bring to mind muddled cherries and sarsaparilla, with spicy notes of pink peppercorn, flowers, and fennel. This tinto is incredibly food friendly, and with a few years of bottle age it is drinking beautifully right now.