Ever heard of the French term, vins de soif? It is an expression used about wines that are easy-drinking and or drinking well, basically thirst quenching wines.
As the weather warms up in Ontario, ever so slowly a glass of a fresh, juicy glass of red wine is perfect with a charcuterie board or early season barbeques. Don't let these wines fool you although they are on the lighter side they all have lot of subtle flavor notes, but also complex, before you know it your glass and the entire bottle will be empty!
This mixed case features 3 vins de soif from 3 regions in Portugal, Lisbon, Douro and Dao.
From the Douro region comes the Contraste red 2017. You may think Douro only makes heavy full bodied red wines, think again. Conceito make wines with an elegant style never too ripe or jammy. The Contraste red is a field blend of grapes from 40 to 60 years old and aged in second use French oak. Ripe red raspberry and strawberry aromas with a herbal note. Palate is dry, light body with bright acidity and silky tannins with some grip on the finish.
From the Dao region come the Saes Touriga Nacional 2016 from the Quinta da Pellada aged 16 months in well used oak. Aromas of blue fruits and violets leap from the glass. The wine is dry and silky on the palate with ripe blue and red fruits, juicy and elegant with a smooth finish.
From the region of Lisbon is the Patrao Diogo from Adega Viuva gomes. Viuva Gomes is a tiny family winery in the Lisbon region famous for their exclusive rare Colares wines. .A tribute wine to one of our ancestors. From grapes Castelão and Aragonez, planted on the clayish-limestone soils of the region. A balanced wine between softness and acidity, light, resembling red fruits and mint. Unoaked, expressing the "raw" potential of the varieties. Red berry fruity aroma packed with a tone of freshness and earthy undertone.
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