This Might Be The Best-Value Red You Come Across This Year

Here comes a LIPSMACKING RED at a KNOCKDOWN PRICE that should suit strained SUMMER BUDGETS

Poças Coroa d’Ouro Douro 2014

The first thing that struck me about this weekend’s Portuguese red is that the bottle looks stylish and modern, with an apparently handwritten label ramping up the notion of an individualistic wine. The second, more powerful impression, formed in a flash when a mouthful was sampled, was, by golly, this tastes pretty good. Surely it costs way more than a tenner?

No, it usually doesn’t, I’m happy to say. And, having returned to Coroa d’Ouro over the course of a couple of evenings, I can report that it continued to hold its appeal – a rare enough feat for a wine in this price range. It was one of those bottles that magically emptied itself.

As I’ve written before, Portugal’s Douro valley, once famous mainly for port, now produces an abundance of rich red table wines. This is the second I’ve recommended this summer – Tons de Duorum Tinto 2014 from O’Briens having starred on thegloss.ie on June 9.

Once again, grape varieties traditionally used to make port (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca) deliver luscious flavours with a touch of underlying firmness. You’ll find notes of ripe cherries, mixed spice and black pepper overlaid with an appealing earthiness. As for texture, Coroa d’Ouro is super-smooth.

This is an easygoing wine with a sunny personality. It will slip down as easily by itself as with grilled meats, robust vegetable dishes, mature cheeses or whatever else you’re inclined to eat in the company of a flavoursome red. And while it’s a terrific choice for a summer barbecue, you’ll enjoy it just as much with only a knocked-together solo midweek supper for company.

Alcohol: 13%

From Martins, Dublin 3; Mortons, Dublin 6; Grape Vine & Drink Store, Dublin 7; La Touche, Greystones, €10.50-11.99.

@MaryDowey

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