Vila Nova, Douro DOC (Portugal) Red Blend 2018

($12, Quintessential Wines):  Portugal has always been the place to find value-packed reds and whites.  Here is another example of one that over delivers for the price.  This big red, made from a blend of traditional Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (40 percent each) and Touriga Franca, is a good choice for food coming off the grill this summer.  Mild, suave tannins envelope this juicy fresh wine, which makes it a good candidate for chilling.  A touch of spice adds complexity and prevents it from being a fruit bomb.  The price means it is especially useful when you are expecting a crowd.
88 Michael Apstein Jul 13, 2021