2011 Symington "Altano" Red Blend Douro
A lush and creamy style, with concentrated flavors of raspberry tart, dark cherry and boysenberry, accented by notes of chocolate.The silky finish lingers with a rich, mocha detail. Drink now through 2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A spectacular value from Portugal, the 2011 Altano is a 5,000-case blend of Touriga, Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. It offers abundant fruit along with a meaty, beef blood-like component, excellent purity and ripeness, medium body and attractive spice and earth notes. There is a lot of wine for the price in this delicious, supple red from Portugal. Drink it over the next 1-2 years. The Warre's-Symington reputation is, of course, based on their ports. These two inexpensive offerings are well-worth their modest prices. (RP)
** Best Buy ** A forward, fruity wine that shows ripe black-currant fruit. It does have the structure that comes from the tough soils of the Douro, but this is balanced by the acidity, juicy fruitiness and ripe tannins. Drink now.