Pocas Reserva Red 2007

Note: Pocas Douro Reserva 2007 was provided to me as a tasting sample. If interested, see Vintrospective policy about wine samples here.

Pocas Reserva Red 2007

Connections. Links. Things that communicate and relate. These alone do not make good wine. But good wine rarely exists without them. (I can’t ever recall meeting a wine producer I admire for whom these were unimportant.)

So, before I introduce you to an impressive Portuguese red, I shall first acquaint you with an artistic, thought provoking presentation of connections which the wine producer thought important enough to share:

So, let’s point your browser to Pocas, the wine’s producer, and we’ll be back here in a minute or two.

OK: we are back now and ready to proceed 🙂

pocas-reserva-red-2007Hailing from the Douro Valley, this smooth Portuguese red from Pocas is produced from Touriga and Tinta grapes grown in soil of schist on vines averaging 40 – 60 years old. Grapes are harvested manually. After temperature controlled fermentation, the wine matures in American and French Allier oak casks for 12 months.

Tasting Notes:

Deep ruby color. Arrestingly sensual aromatics of ripe dark cherry, plum, raisin and spice. Nice transfer to an impressive, full-bodied palate that smoothly introduces notes of herb and balsam. Elegant and refined finish with good tannic grip fades away whispering baker’s chocolate and spice.

Food Pairing Suggestions:

Super food-friendly, this wine has a personality that can dress up a Tuesday night beef or bison burger covered with blue cheese and mushroom, or make good Saturday evening company with a more elegant cut of meat. Loved it with roasted chicken. And was great, too, with a hearty barley soup. This wine loves cheeses and pairs especially well with pungent, medium aged types.