Wine Spectator recently mused that Portugal is “the most exciting wine place on the planet.” And its southern, seaside enclave of Algarve is our pick for the country’s most exciting region – we think you’ll agree after a sip of this hugely acclaimed red.
Winemaking talent Diogo Sepúlveda turned his ambitions to the Algarve, wanting to prove the sun-drenched, popular vacation destination could also grow award-winning wines. His Al-Ria (‘at the seaside’) blends heat-worshipping grapes Touriga Nacional and Syrah.
The acclaim so far is astounding: a haul of medals, including four golds; 88 points from Wine Enthusiast; the No. 1 spot in a Belgian Top 100 tasting; a Top 50 Winter Reds rating from The Times (who called it “a brilliant, bold, beefy Algarve red”); and this glowing 91-point review from Decanter: “Bags of ripe plum character, smooth tannins and excellent fruit concentration. Really nice wine, great drinking pleasure.”
Considering the modest price tag (sub-$15!), that’s unbeatable value. Prompt orders would be wise – this beauty won’t last long.