Douro reds “deserve a place at the table of wine lovers who love full-bodied, rich and ripe-tasting red wines."
– Wine Spectator
The dramatically steep vineyards of the Douro Valley are among the most beautiful in the world. The topography makes harvesting grapes a painstaking, manual process. But Portugal’s native grapes absolutely thrive here, so the effort is well worth the challenge – as you’ll taste in this 'x-citing' release.
The Duorum estate is run by two of Portugal’s most revered wine veterans, José Ramos and José Maria Soares Franco (who created the Douro’s legendary $400-a-bottle Barca Velha). They’ve invested heavily in their vineyard and winery, allowing the Duorum name to compete with the best of the region. (Cool fact: along with stellar-quality wines, the estate prides itself on being very eco-friendly and works to support nearby wildlife habitats, including the cliff-side nesting spots for the rare Bonelli’s Eagle.)
Duorum’s latest release is simply called ‘X,’ and is made up of 50% dark, intense Touriga Nacional, 30% aromatic Touriga Franca and 20% structured Tinta Roriz – in fact, a very similar blend to Barca Velha. It is smooth and rich, and delivers a wealth of spicy berry aromas and rich, smooth flavors of blackberries with notes of mocha. Decant for an hour to allow it to open up, and serve with game – venison tenderloin would be perfect – and roast vegetables.