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Daily Glass: Value Wines Project – Portugal Wins Over Italy

Here are the next two wines in the Value Wines project. First is the wine from Italy, 2007 Poggio Morino Rosso Maremma Toscana IGT ($9.98). When talking about wines of Tuscany, first wine which comes to mind is typically a Chianti, which is made mostly from the grape called Sangiovese. However, starting in the 70s, most prominent (and expensive) wines in Tuscany are so called super-tuscan wines, which are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other “non-typical” for Tuscany grapes (which produce truly amazing wines).

This particular Poggio Morino Rosso is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Sangiovese, and equal parts of Alicante, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine has nice ruby color, nice nose with the hint of earthiness, medium body. It can work well as everyday wine, and as many Italian wines it would go better with the food. As it didn’t exhibit any particular “umph”, Dinkability is 7.

Second wine is coming from Portugal, from the region called Lisboa, and it is 2008 Casa Santos Lima Portas de Lisboa ($6.98). This wine is a blend of Castelao, Touriga Nacional (main grape in production of Port), and Syrah. This wine showed very nice nose of crushed red fruit, and on the palate… on the palate it was playful, living substance. Very good acidity, soft but noticeable tannins, good amount of red fruit, spices and tobacco. From the spices, the most pronounced was cloves, which was then leaving the way for leather and hint of white pepper. This wine deserves Drinkability of 8-, and this is the wine to get by the case.

So far our value wines project is trending upwards in the tasting profile , which makes me happy. I hope the trend will continue!

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