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Douro Tinto (Portugal)

Douro Tinto is a red wine from the Douro valley in Portugal.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Black Currant
Black
Currant

Blackberry
Blackberry
Coffee
Mocca
Pepper
Pepper
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Smoke
Smoke

Red Berries. Cherry. Dark Berries. Black Currant. Black Olives. Spices. Mokka. Licorice.

Profile

Douro Tinto wines are often medium bodied with good fruit and acidity:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-17°C (61-63°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Stew
Stew
Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork

Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Venison

Douro Tinto pairs best with Grilled, Braised, or Roasted Meat.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Beef Stew. Mushrooms.
Barbeque. Hamburger. Meatloaf.
Grilled Beef. Grilled Lamb. Grilled Chicken.
Caça (Game). Veado (Venison).
Javali (Wild Boar). Coelho (Rabbit).

Cheese:
Strong Cheese. Smoked Cheese.

Portuguese Specialities:
Cabrito Assado (Roasted Goat).
Bacalao com Natas (Bacalao with Potatoes).

If You Like Douro Tinto

You Might Also Like:

Cabernet Franc (France)
Chianti (Italy)
Douro Tinto (Portugal)
GSM Wines (France)
Merlot (France)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Ribera del Duero (Spain)
Sangiovese (Italy)
Tempranillo (Spain)
Tinta de Toro (Spain)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Douro Tinto

More than 40 differnt grapes can be used to produce Douro Tinto.

Some common grapes are Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Barroca, and Tinto Cão.

The Douro Region

Region Douro

The Douro region is the oldest wine region in the world (1756) and is classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO.

Famous for Port Wine, Douro also produces quality red wines (Douro Tinto), with a taste range from light Burgund to rich Bordeaux.

Listed Wines:

Douro Tinto
Douro Branco

Port Wines:

Port Red
Port White

Port wine is produced through a unique vinification method, and there are several varieties of Port wine: Tawny, White, Ruby, and Late Bottled Vintage.

Port wine is exported from the city of Porto (thus the name).

Portuguese Wine Classifications

Vinho (de Mesa)

Vinho is the new classification for table wine. Table wine was previously called "Vinho de Mesa". Vinho translates to Wine. Mesa translates to Table.

Vinho Regional

Before the IGP and DOP regulations were invented by EU, Portugal was originally divided into 14 "Regional Wine" areas and the wines were labeled "Vinho Regional".

Many wine producers still use the Vinho Regional denomination because the new rules are more stringent, or because they have chosen to use grape varieties or volumes that are not permitted in the IGP or DOP.

IGP

IGP (Indicação Geográfica Protegida) is the next quality level, previously called "Vinho Regional".

The IGP classification has more stringent rules for cultivation and production than vinho, and the wines must have a regional origin.

DOP / DOC

DOP (Denominação de Origem Protegida), previously called DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) is the highest Portuguese quality level.

DOP requires a limited geographical area and strict rules for both cultivation and production.

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