Altano Organico Tinto 2014 (Douro, Portugal)

Altano Organico Tinto 2014 (Douro, Portugal) "...licorice, brambles, tar..."

Regular price $17.45 Sale

"Field blend of Douro varieties. The Moscatel component shows in a grapey aroma but there's also something like box tree and Sauvignon. Highly perfumed. Crisp acidity but a soft creamy texture. Then that box-tree flavour kicks in on the finish. May be better with another 6 months in bottle, not quite knit together yet. (JH)" - Jancis Robinson

It should appeal especially but not exclusively to those who like to support organic viticulture. It's wonderfully vigorous and concentrated with the tiniest of references to port via the grape varieties therein but no sweetness at all. It is admirably appetising and beautifully balanced with notes of liquorice, brambles and tar. Quite a package considering the price.

I would drink this wine with food and strongly recommend decanting it if it's drunk within the next two years as it still has quite a tannic charge. But there is no hurry to drink it; it should be going strong for three or four years at least. The alcohol level is 14.3%.