Review: 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio Douro
It’s easy to overlook the standard reds of the Douro region, but this blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Amarela is an interesting and unusual — yet highly drinkable — wine.
The nose of this Pombal do Vesuvio bottling offers sour cherries, black pepper, and rhubarb. The slightly sour body features more cherry and lingonberry notes, with a light balsamic character atop it. Secondary notes of black tea, cola, and dried spices take this to a bit of a weird place on the palate, with a tawny port edge overtaking the finish.
Strange stuff, but it’s enchanting in its own way and demands revisiting to explore its quirky, rustic charms.
B+ / $27 / quintadovesuvio.com