Sonnets from the Portuguese

Altano

Symington Family Estates
Altano Douro DOC
2006

This Portuguese red is 70% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and 30% Touriga Franca (Touriga Francesca). It's a deep red-violet, offering a nose of fresh cranberries and red currant with some funky, earthy undertones. It's smooth and surprisingly low acid on the palate, with some bright berry fruits and a lightly smoky midsection. It finishes in an instant. The body doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises, but overall, pleasing, if fleeting.

Price: $11.50
Crux: Nice, light, straightforward

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