2011 Churchills Estates Douro
Right alongside Spain in my book for value wines right now is Portugal. It just seems like almost every bottle I buy from Portugal would satisfy me had I paid twice as much for it. And this Douro bottle fits in that group.
This, to me, drinks like a $25-$30 wine. It’s a big, luscious wine, and one that red wine fans will likely enjoy even if you’re not too familiar with the varietal makeup – which is (almost) even parts of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz. The nose is permeating on this wine that pours a deep dark menacing purple. Fruit is plentiful, dark fruit, black and blueberry flavor, with pronounced chocolate notes toward the dry, sticky finish.
Lots to like here for $14.99 at Costco. Keep an eye out for this bottle. It was kind of hidden at my Costco where they frequently stash the lesser known wines, and that is an area I am always keen to check out (another great bottle from this ‘secret area’ was this Riesling I also thought was a steal at $15).
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points
Costco item number: 257648