Today’s review is of Monte Cascas Colheita 2009 Douro Red wine.
Wine producer: Monte Cascas (Mountain of Shells)
Wine Makers: Frederico Gomes, Helder Cunha
Region: Douro DOC, Portugal.
Varietals: 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franc, 20% Tinta Barroca, 10% Sousão.
Color: Purplish red, deep ruby
Nose: Orange peel, black fruits, rose petals
Palate: Light to medium body. Rounded and smooth finish. Tastes of blackberries, plums, fleur de sel, vanilla
Vinification: Grapes are destemmed, crushed directly into a vat for a 7 day cold soak. Fermentation from day 12-32. 40% Matured in French Oak casks for 9 months.
Harvest: 3rd or 4th week of September, 100% by hand.
Suggested pairings: Strong beefs, roasts, sharp cheeses, lasagna, and berries.