Sunday, June 21, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Quinta Da Cortezia Reserva 2004

One of the most difficult time's I have on a short vacation is waiting for the train to take me home. To kill time I visit or window shop the shops at the station and sometimes get awful lucky by finding a great deal. This past week-end was one of those days and that great deal was in a wine shop. The shop had a small selection of Portuguese wines and I only had about $15 in my wallet, so I chose a inexpensive Quinta Da Cortezia 2004 Reserva. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Merlot and Tinta Roriz (tempranillo)

Winemaker's Notes:
"The reserve is a very deep black ruby in colour. The aromas of appealing ripe red cherries and plum with plenty of complementary sweet, toasted vanilla-like french oak. The mouthful is soft and round yet has a burst of cherry and plum sweet flavours. The structure here is firm and powerful, being a flavourful wine is also a good wine to age. The initial entry palate is soft, but the flavours and intensity of the wine builds across the mid-palate ending with a long finish. Drink now or through the next 5 years."

My Notes:
The color is dark garnet red. On the nose I get dark plum and black cherry with leather. Aromas are light and pleasant. This wine really sits well on the palate. It's soft and full of flavor with a hint of tobacco. Rich in tannins it gives a very long finish. Gonna save some for a few day's because Shirley has a pork loin in the fridge and this wine would be a perfect compliment.
On second thought, I think I'll drink it all now and find something else for the pork loin.

I found this in NYC at Penn Wines on the Long Island Platform in Penn Station. I have been having a hard time finding Portuguese wines here at home so I guess I'll have to plan another trip to the Big Apple and bring home a few bottles of this one. Especially, at only $10,

Take it from an amateur wine lover.....Great Buy!


The Wine Whore said...

Only $10! This sounds like a heck of a wine for that price!

I have been meaning to try some Portuguese wines but haven't had much luck finding them locally. I think you have given me a good excuse to head up to the Northeast very soon!

Hope you have a great wine week!


George R Perry said...

I'm a big fan of Portugese wine as my father's family is from Portugal. I'm lucky in that my local wine store has some. If you ever see Alandra Red Table Wine I recommend it.