As I've said before: "I love the fact that Portugal possesses an abundance of intriguing indigenous grapes, which can provide a unique taste to their wines. You can find tasty Portuguese wines for under $10 which are better than similarly priced wines from most any other wine region. Portugal is rich in vinous history, and their wines pair very well with an abundance of foods. If you're not drinking Portuguese wines, you need to rush out and sample them."
Please also check out All About Portuguese Wines to find links to my myriad of previous articles about the wines of Portugal, including Port.
This year, I sampled seven of the LGL Portuguese wines, with the only caveat that they had to be produced only from indigenous grapes. I want to taste Portugal in every sip and feel that their indigenous grapes provides me the best path. These seven wines will help you understand the allure of Portuguese wines. In addition, these are some incredible values, all but one which cost under $10! (Though note that prices will vary across the country, and also from wine store to wine store.) It is very difficult in most wine regions to find such delicious wines under $10 but Portugal seems to deliver time and time again at this price point.
The 2013 Caves Velhas Bucellas ($9.99) is produced from the Arinto grape, offering bright citrus flavors with with some floral notes. Fresh, crisp and tasty. The 2014 Herdade Das Albernoas ($7.99), made from Antão Vaz & Arinto, is also fresh, crisp and fruity but with some herbal accents. The 2013 Montes Claros Colheita White ($9.99) is a blend of Roupeiro, Arinto and Antão Vaz, offering another fresh, crisp and fruity wine, with more grapefruit and lime flavors. The 2014 Adega De Borba White ($7.99), also made from Roupeiro, Arinto and Antão Vaz, had a similar taste profile though the lime was more prominent and there were some subtle orange notes.
The 2011 Caves Messias Quinta do Cachão ($8.99), a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, is a bit more tannic (though still well controlled) and less earthy, with delicious black fruit flavors, hints of spice, and nice acidity. This is more a food wine, best with hearty dishes. I can picture this in the summer, enjoying a thick burger or slab of ribs off the grill.
Which Portuguese wines did you enjoy at the Boston Wine Expo?