2011 Churchill's "Estates" Douro
**Smart Buys** A meaty, rich and brooding red, offering plenty of mocha notes to the dark plum, dried blackberry and baker's chocolate flavors. Presents accents of smoked paprika midpalate, featuring a finish filled with restrained tannins. Drink now through 2020.
This dry red is grown on Churchill's estate vineyards, and offers a nuanced take on their fine Douro terroir. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz, the selection of vineyard parcels can vary from year-to-year as different climate conditions can favor varietals and vineyards in different ways. Grapes that would be suited to Port in one vintage are more suited to this firm and dry red in another. But the 2011 vintage was great for Ports and dry Douros alike, and the distinction of terroir and overall quality at this price level is very difficult to match anywhere in the world.