terça-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2011

Os 20 melhores tintos portugueses "custo x benefício" do mercado (Wine Spectator)

O conceito "Top Value" da revista Wine Spectator premia os vinhos que tem um custo de até US$25 e alcançam pontuações relevantes, caracterizando-se como uma ótima relação preço x qualidade, o nosso almejado "custo x benefício". Veja os mais recentes vinhos tintos chienos agraciados com esta distinção e que estão disponíveis ou chegando ao nosso mercado:

* Como base de cálculo, multipliquem o preço em dólar por 4 para ter uma noção aproximada do preço em reais no varejo brasileiro.

* Os vinhos indicados em amarelo, são minhas sugestões pessoais de compra. Infelizmente, alguns listados aqui nunca degustei...

1. QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro Meandro 2008
Score: 92 points Price: $24.00 (Preço Brasil: R$93,24 - US$55,50 - Mistral)
This concentrated red shows restrained power to its flavors of roasted red plum, dark cherry and blackberry. Broad and rich on the finish, with plenty of savory spice and chocolate notes. Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Cão. Drink now through 2018. 14,000 cases made. –KM
2. QUINTA DE CABRIZ Dão 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $9.00
A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015. 10,000 cases imported. –KM
3. SOGEVINUS FINE WINES Douro Veedha 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $14.00
A taut, muscular red, boasting concentrated dark plum, black fig and dark cherry flavors that ooze notes of chocolate mousse. Dense midpalate, with notes of cream and hazelnut on the long finish. Drink now through 2016. 3,000 cases imported. –KM
4. SOGRAPE Alentejo Callabriga 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $17.00 (Preço Brasil: R$165,00 - Zahil * o múltiplo chega a quase 10 vezes...)
This powerful red delivers ripe, balanced flavors of dark plum, mocha, mincemeat and dark chocolate. The good structure is supported by plenty of tannins. Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro Preto and Alicante Bouschet. Best from 2012 through 2015. 2,900 cases made. –KM
5. ENCOSTAS DO DOURO Douro Palestra 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $10.00
Plum pudding and dark cherry flavors are joined by mocha and chocolate. Medium-grained tannins support minerally notes on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases imported. –KM
6. SOCIEDADE AGRÍCOLA & COMERCIAL DOS VINHOS MESSIAS Douro Douro Quinta do Cachão 2007
Score: 89 points Price: $16.00
Offers good cut to the wild plum, dark berry and cherry flavors, which feature notes of mineral and shiso leaf. Unctuous and creamy on the plush finish. Drink now through 2014. 1,500 cases made. –KM
7. CASA DE SARMENTO Trincadeira Alentejo 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $17.00
Lots of chocolate and dark plum flavors mark this ripe, voluptuous red. Dark chocolate and spice fill the juicy finish, which lingers with hints of black licorice. A rare single-varietal bottling of this Portuguese grape. Drink now through 2014. 580 cases made. –KM
8. QUINTA DE CABRIZ Dão Reserva 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $18.00
Rich and full-bodied, delivering luscious dark plum, raspberry and lingonberry flavors that are still fresh and vibrant. Snappy licorice and spice fill the ripe finish, with hints of dark chocolate. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases imported. –KM
9. SOCIEDADE AGRICOLA HERDADE DOS OURIVES Alentejo Colheita Seleccionada 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $18.00
A full-bodied Portuguese red, featuring ripe, well-rounded flavors of dark plum and kirsch, with hints of red currant. Displays plenty of smoke and meat notes, with a finish of dark chocolate. Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Tinta Caiada. Drink now through 2013. 1,330 cases made. –KM
10. FONTES DA CUNHA Dão Quinta do Mondego 2007
Score: 89 points Price: $19.00
Ripe and rich, with good cut to the dark plum, meat, smoke and dried raspberry flavors. Interesting notes of cream and spice chime in on the muscular finish. Drink now through 2014. 830 cases made. –KM
11. QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA Douro R de Romaneira 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
This lively, medium- to full-bodied red offers delicate berry, plum and currant flavors that are fresh up front, with lingering notes of chocolate mousse and spice. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases imported. –KM
12. VIDIGAL Dão 2005
Score: 88 points Price: $9.00
Medium-bodied and juicy, with cherry and raspberry flavors that feature lip-smacking spice notes. Violet and chocolate mark the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. –KM
13. HERDADE MONTE DA CAL Alentejo 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $12.00
Fine-grained tannins support the expressive cherry, plum and currant flavors. Pepper and spice, along with bittersweet chocolate notes, fill the powerful finish. Aragonês, Alfrocheiro and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2017. 2,000 cases imported. –KM
14. QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro Flor 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $14.00
Taut and juicy, with red plum and currant flavors joined by notes of sandalwood. Licorice and black olive hints mark the finish. Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. Drink now through 2014. 700 cases imported. –KM
15. MARITÁVORA Douro 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $19.00
A zesty red, featuring red plum and spiced cherry flavors, with fresh mineral notes. Crisp and balanced on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2014. 2,500 cases made. –KM
16. QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $20.00 (Preço Brasil: R$59,50 - Qualimpor)
Nicely balanced, with a rush of juicy red fruit flavors that announce an elegant array of spice notes, especially sandalwood. The firm finish shows some smoky elements, as well as cappuccino hints. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases imported. –KM
17. QUINTA DO TEDO Douro Reserva 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $21.00
Mature-tasting, displaying good definition to the plum, mineral, currant and spice flavors. The broad finish shows notes of smoke and dried meat. Drink now. 100 cases imported. –KM
18. MUXAGAT VINHOS Douro 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $24.00
Very crisp, delivering intense cherry flavors that feature subtle mint and savory herbal notes, which carry into the tannic, well-structured finish. Best from 2012 through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 250 cases imported. –KM
19. CHURCHILL Douro Churchill Estates 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $25.00 (Preço Brasil: R$88,00 - Expand *safra 2006)
Firm, with leafy notes behind the flavors of cherry, red plum and red currant. There's a minerally cut to the juicy finish, as well as some chocolate mint notes. Drink now through 2015. 8,333 cases made. –KM
20. CASA AGRÍCOLA ALEXANDRE RELVAS Alentejo Ciconia 2009
Score: 87 points Price: $9.00
Broad and ripe-tasting, showing focused flavors of berry and red cherry, with a touch of currant. Fresh and juicy on the finish, which includes notes of molten chocolate. Aragonês, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. Drink now through 2013. 62,000 cases made. –KM
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