2013 Quinta do Popa Douro

SKU #1320160

A blend of mainly Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (tempranillo), Quinta do Popa's latest Douro release is a fine reflection of a cooler vintage, a wine that is relatively high toned and bright compared to the norm of richer, more darkly fruited wines in this warm region. That said, the winery typically does produce a more elegant style, as indicated by their large portion of Touriga Franca (as opposed to Touriga Nacional) grapes. A delicious, stylish Douro for drinking now.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2017 | Send Email
While you will not likely hear anyone extolling the virtues of the challenging, atypically cool 2013 Douro vintage, personally I love it. A few of my favorite wines from this year show fine aromatics, with more delicate floral notes, and a fresh, well delineated compliment of flavors perked up by slightly higher acidity and nicely toned by a combination of lower alcohol, more subtle fruit and firm grape tannins. Quinta do Popa made a wonderful Douro blend this year, focusing as usual on their Touriga Franca, a grape whose aromatics and freshness stand in contrast to the more common leading actor, Touriga Nacional (no doubt a fine talent but perhaps prone to overdoing it from time to time). 30% Tinta Roriz and some other varieties round things out for this blend. The wine is both red and dark fruited, mineral, tautly structured, and perfect for whatever you may decide to throw on the grill.

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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.