2019 Dow's Vale do Bomfim

Extreme Portuguese Value: 2019 Dow's Vale do Bomfim Douro Tinto

We featured this back in late July, and it sold out in less than 24 hours. Good news, we just picked up another 14 cases and even better news, it's back on deal! From the famed Porto house of Dow, this is their newest venture into the world of dry, unfortified, Douro Valley red wine. You will not find a better wine for your dollar!

When my friend and sales rep Richard McKinney of Tryon Distributing dropped this sample by last week, I was giddy with excitement to get it home and into my glass. I think Portuguese red wines are some of the best values out there currently, and I had a strong hunch that this would drink well above its humble price point. I was right, and then some! This is one of the best sub-$20 red wines in the store. 

Dow's Vale do Bomfim

2019 Dow's Vale do Bomfim Douro Tinto 

Like Bordeaux and California Red Blends? Try this!

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When Richard McKinney tells me I need to taste a wine, he's never fooling around. Like me, Richard has sold wine in "these parts" for the better part of three decades, and I heed his advice with full attention. When he called me raving about a new, value-priced, red from Dow's, one of the best and most well-funded Porto houses, I knew I had to try it. I was quite pleased with his advice. 

Portuguese reds are still very much under-the-radar in the US, and that is why they are so affordable. Few folks know that unfortified, Portuguese red wine is fairly new, actually newer than the red wine scene in the US. For years, Portugal rested on the laurels of Port and Madeira, but that all changed in the late-20th century when the country joined the EU and investment from near and far increased. Today, Portuguese reds (and whites) are on the rise and increasingly on the radar and for good reason.

Enough with the history lesson Josh, what's this stuff like? Thanks for hanging in there! It's kind of like a hypothetical Right Bank Bordeaux meets a Napa Valley Meritage. A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and assorted other varieties, this is quite sophisticated for its humble price point....it's downright aristocratic if you ask me. Violet and dark berries lead the charge, but as this wine gets air, more red fruit and graphite notes emerge.

Spicy and gently tannic on the palate, this is just begging for some grilled meat to create an epic evening. This should honestly cost $20 or more. Based on past experience, I wouldn't wait too long to place your order. It will be gone in no time.

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville