|Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide December 2013
91 Points - Toucas Alvarinho DOC Vinho Verde 2012
"A very superior Vinho Verde, elegant and full-bodied. The creamy texture is partnered with ripe apricot and pear fruits, touches of green plum and a feeling of opulence along with the acidity. Drink now, or age a year." EDITORS' CHOICE
90 Points - Andreza Viosinho/Verdelho DOC Douro 2012
"Full-bodied and ripe, this is a rich, generous wine that shows complexity as well as subtle fruitiness. A blend of Viosinho and Verdelho, it’s full of tropical fruit flavors, with ample weight and concentration. Spicy accents, a dense texture and a fine, long-lasting finish are all part of this stylish wine." EDITORS' CHOICE
90 Points - Catapereiro Escolha Red Regional Tejo 2011
"A big, ripe and spicy wine that is full of red fruit notes and gentle tannins. It is open and accessible, its fruit juiciness already a pleasure to taste. There is fresh acidity on the finish. Drink now through 2019." BEST BUY
89 Points - Catapereiro Reserva Red Regional Tejo 2011
"A solid and textured wine, Catapereiro Reserva is full-bodied and rich. With dark berry and ripe plum fruit characteristics, as well as firm tannins, it is a serious and complex wine that deserves aging. Drink from 2015."
87 Points - Azul Portugal Red DOC Palmela 2010
"This is a soft, ripe and fruity wine, full of red berry fruits, soft spiciness and attractive acidity. Big, rich and bold, it is a full-bodied and immediately attractive wine that will easily charge through spicy foods." BEST BUY/ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
86 Points - Andreza Códega do Larinho DOC Douro 2012
"Pear and tangerine notes give this wine an immediately fruity character. It has bright acidity, with a fresh and crisp palate. The fruit is right up front, with a soft aftertaste."
86 Points - Azul Portugal White DOC Do Tejo 2012
"A cool, crisp and fresh wine that also has enough weight to go well with food. It has lively lemon, plum and red apple flavors. A touch of steely character lends great shape to this ready to drink wine." BEST BUY
86 Points - Catapereiro Red Regional Tejo 2011
"This is a spicy wine that is full of juicy red-berry fruit notes. It is soft and gentle, with a core of dry tannins that gives the wine structure. Young and fruity, it is ready to drink, but will also age. Drink until 2018."
86 Points - Samora Red Regional Tejo 2011
"A dark, ripe and fruity wine that is full of dense red-fruit aromas and spicy tannins. The palate offers ample freshness, with crisp, juicy red berry fruit up front. Drink now and until 2017."
85 Points - Andreza Red Reserva DOC Douro 2011
"On the nose, this is rough and rustic. If the palate is less obviously barnyard, it still carries something of that character, with blackberry and wood flavors along with spicy accents. The wine is still young, so the rough edges could smooth out. Drink from 2015." ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
85 Points - Catapereiro White DOC Do Tejo 2012
"This is an intensely fruity wine that is lemon scented, crisp and very fresh. It has a strong citrus flavor, with touches of orange zest and red apples. Not for aging, this light, bright wine is ready to drink now." ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
85 Points - Salsus DOC Vinho Verde 2012
"A fizzy, bubbly wine that is off-dry, very refreshing and fragrant. Soft flavors of apple, grape and even a touch of honey make this a wine that will slip down easy, especially as an apéritif."
85 Points - Samora White Regional Tejo 2012
"This is a light, fresh and crisply fruity wine. It is dominated by lime and ripe lemon flavors that come from the bright blend of Fernão Pires and Arinto. Not a wine for aging, so drink now." ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
84 Points - Dona Helena White Regional Pen. Setúbal 2012
"Very much an apéritif white, this is round, soft, fruity and ready to drink. With ripe pear and green plum flavors, it has both a smooth texture and just the right amount of fresh acidity. Drink now and until 2018." ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
84 Points - Samora Rose Regional Tejo 2012
"A fruity and aromatic wine that is a blend of Syrah and Castelão. It has bright red fruits and a soft, ripe character. Berries and acidity complement the round finish." ONLINE EXCLUSIVE