Valoroso means ‘valiant’ – and this rich, barrel-aged Reserva pays tribute to the Comendadora title (aka ‘knighthood’) that fourth-generation proprietor Leonor Freitas was awarded by the Portuguese government for service to the wine industry. Her family’s estate was founded by Deonilde Freitas in 1920, and today its 120 hectares of vineyards produce some of the country’s finest wines. Look no further than this fine example.
Valoroso Reserva blends native Touriga Nacional (star grape of Portugal’s famed fortified wine, Port) plus international Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah – each one BIG on luscious, black-fruit flavor. The wine takes on even more complexity, thanks to 12 months’ aging in French and American oak barrels – which also lends a well-defined, food-friendly structure. Sporting FIVE prestigious gold medals (including one from Les Citadelles du Vin, a top competition in Bordeaux, where they really know beautifully crafted reds), this is a wine you’ve just got to taste for yourself.
Deep, dark purple in color, Valoroso Reserva brims with rich aromas of ripe black cherry and cassis plus hints of clove, smoky vanilla, and tobacco leaf. On the palate, it’s full of succulent dark cherry, plum, and cedar with a silky, warming mouthfeel.
Given the HUGE consumer demand for dry Portuguese reds, this classy, limited-release Reserva likely won’t be available for long. We recommend you grab a case while you still can.