Porca de Murça Douro, 2006

The 2006 Porca de Murça is from the Douro region in Portugal, the same region that is home to the producers of Port, one of the great dessert wines of the world. I am sipping a glass of it as I write this post; generally, I wait for a day to allow impressions to meld with tasting notes, but in this case I just couldn’t wait to write it up. The nose is dominated by aromas of fresh cherries, while the mouthfeel is wonderful in its fleshy velvet softness, with some tannins providing structural backing for the dark plums and other black fruits. The finish is short, but features strident acidity. An excellent food wine for hearty meat dishes, like veal or lamb bolognese, or hard cheeses. $6 a bottle. Buy a case.


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