This will be very subjective post. My personal preferences and my taste.
If somebody will not agree with-please write a comment below 😉
But, let’s start at the end. If you are beginner in the wine knowledge or just having a wine time to time, please – don’t be hesitate to visit a speciality wine shop and look for an assistant with your next wine’s shopping.
The guys who work there, have a knowledge and ability to help you each time when you visit the shop.
To the point.
I bought 3 (three) bottles of Vinho Tinto (red, table wine) all from Douro Valley in 3 (three) different Irish shops.
All of them are young, very simple, entry level or basic labels of producers from DOC DOURO (North of Portugal).
All of them are very similar with varietal content: Tinto Roriz, Touring Nacional, Touring Franca, Tinto Barroca.
There are most important and very popular grapes in Portugal.
On the assumption that entry level Douro reds should be: red fruit forward in nose, similar in taste with medium to full body, high acidity and with hint of spices in finish, I was looking for those factors.
For my own fun or to be more objective, I wrapped bottles into a thin foil and I did a blind tasting.
(if you looking on the photos-I tasted wines from left to right)
All of them had a deep, purple red colour, high acidity, and predominant red fruits in aroma, like strawberries.
Alcohol ABV: 13-13,3%
First bottle: Caves do Monte-Vinhos – Alma da Vinha Douro DOC 2013 (LIDL about €8)
High in tannin, not very well integrated with fruits. I had a filing like drinking a cranberry juice. The fruit were hidden under acidity and tannins.
(2013 not a greates vintage in Douro – harvesttime rains spoiled a bid for exceptional quality)
Middle bottle: Vincente Faria Vinhos – Animus Douro DOC 2015 (ALDI about €8)
Sweet strawberry and wild red fruits in nose. On the palete, Strawberries, Wild Strawberries some Blueberries, soft tannins, little bit fuller body than previous wine. Nice, pleasant finish.
I enjoyed that glass.
Last bottle: Quinta do Crasto – Crasto Douro DOC 2015 (Wines Direct €16)
Dark, bramble fruits in nose. I was expecting the same in taste. What a disappointment. High acidity, and again red fruits like cranberry. Dry tannins and short finish.
The winner is easy to announce: Animus 2015 by Vincent Faria.
To be honest, I know his wines and there where always good quality bottles. But in other hand, I knew the Quinta do Crasto reserva and I was hoping that entry level wine will be good also.
Over all, back to the begging: which is best to buy? Go for €8 bottles from Aldi and enjoy nice example of entry level DOURO red wines 🙂
For better bottles-better go to specialist shops like Wines Direct as you will not find a good examples of huge red in supermarkets.
Thanks and Sláinte