Made from Tourigas Nacional and Francesa, and some Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo), this is a crisp, almost lean, red that was aged in small oak barrels, about half of which were new and from Portugal. Green tea, vanilla and dark fruit blanket the nose. Through the palate it is tight as a drum, indicating that a few years may help this out. American wine consultant Jerry Luper oversaw the making of this wine.
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Marshall Tilden III
From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.