House of Dow’s 2011 Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Blend – Wine of the Week

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House of Dow's 2011 Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Blend

House of Dow’s 2011 Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Blend

Price: $12 Rating: 13.5/20 Region: Douro Valley, Portugal Varietals: 40 percent Tinta Barroca, 25 percent Touriga Nacional, 25 percent Touriga Franca and 10 percent Tinta Roriz Alcohol: 13.9 percent   Tasting Notes: The Dow name can be traced back to 1798, when Bruno de Silva, a Portuguese wine merchant, made the journey from Oporto to London to set up his wine importing business. During the Napoleonic Wars, Bruno was one of the few merchants able to equip his ship with defense artillery, allowing his crew safe passage through the treacherous Bay of Biscay. As a result business flourished, while much of the competition saw their sales diminish. The Symington family has continued to build upon this intrepid legacy over the last two centuries, while continuing to produce some of the finest Port wine. Using the grapes from their centuries-old Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira vineyards, the 2011 Vale do Bomfim red blend has rich fruit and floral aromas, while the palate displays blackberries and plum with a fresh acidity. This wine can be best enjoyed during a summer cookout with barbecued meats and vegetables.   Food Pairings: Steak, barbecue ribs, grilled vegetables, grilled caprese pizza   For more information, visit Symington Family’s official website   Other Red Blend wines we have tasted   Related Content: Portugal Travel Guide Wines of Portugal Official website GAYOT’s Top 10 Wine Routes in the World