Portugal?joined the European Union in 1986, and established its quality DOC system shortly thereafter. On any mention of Portugal in wine circles, most think of the fortified beverage Port, which is still the country?s most renowned export. This is, however, changing. Today, the winemaking landscape in Portugal is a complex and delicious recipe. Due to the influx of funding and expertise, a renewed commitment to quality wine, and hundreds of unique indigenous grape varieties, the transformation over the last twenty years has been staggering.
A blend of Baga and Touriga Nacional produces a wine that certainly has structure and the possibility of aging. It also has fresh, crisp red currant and blackberry fruits that refresh the tannins. There is a cool, tight feel to it from the proximity of the ocean that will let it age well for several years. Drink from 2017.