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Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.57.36 PMIt seems that, not on purpose, I have been cleaning out some of my older ClubW wine. When I mean old I mean winter of 2013 so not too old. This brings us to the Portuguese wine 2010 Quinta de Pancas Tinto, which is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 10% Alicante Bouschet. Most people know Portugal for Port but actually lately the last couple of bottles of wine I have tried from them have been really good. I have really been looking forward to this one. I also do not know if I have had Touriga Nacional from Portugal. I have only had it from Virginia. Now this is not a single varietal but still should be a good preview.

Club W has removed its old archives of wine but I was able to find this one on their YouTube page. It took some digging. The video is short and doesn’t say too much and oddly only 5 people have watched the video. She says it taste like “wild blueberries that got a little dirt on it.”

So how was it?

Color – Red but with some lightness and transparency.

Nose – Tobacco, leather, & Licorice.

Taste – Blackberry and black cherry on the fruit but it also has smoke, spice, and a hint of black pepper.

Finish – Medium to Full with medium to low acid and medium tannins.

Overall, this wine is pretty pleasant. It is smooth but not overly complex. It isn’t too young or too old. It really shows the Portugal is becoming a bigger and bigger player in making wine. I enjoyed this one but it didn’t blow me away. I would highly recommend as a evening without food sipper. Of course, you could always eat grilled meats with it too.

Rating: B

~Justin