2006 Casa Santos Lima "Palha Canas" Estremadura

SKU #1054314

Sometimes, a wine value hits you from far afield. In this case, the value has landed from far away in the Estremadura region south of Lisbon, Portugal. My tasting notes read: "Real terroir! $10 retail???" For $10 this is an outrageously satisfying bottle of wine, full of intense cherry fruit flavors, hoisin sauce, minerals, and a hint of a sauvage, leathery quality. Given its hearty character, it is delicious, gulpable stuff, without sacrificing complexity or balance. On alternate sips, the wine brought to mind both the golden era of rustic Southern French values, as well as the satisfying acidic bite of Brunello. Produced from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Trincadeira grapes grown in clay and limestone soil with an Atlantic tempered climate. I'd say that this is delicious for well north of $9.99, but for $10 it's a Portuguese steal. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese wine buyer)

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.