Of late, I have been extremely impressed by what I can find in my local LCBO by way of Portuguese wine. Gone are the days where I was forced to indulge in only Vinho Verde or Port wines from Portugal. Now, I am lucky enough to partake, for example, in fantastic Portuguese red blends that feature the best varietals the region has to offer. The Pinhal Da Torre Quinta De Sao Joao 2008 in my wine glass was the result of a joyous labouring over the Portuguese wine section of my local liquor store, and the wine experience that came next was unbeatable.

Pinhal Da Torre Quinta De Sao Joao 2008 comes from producer Pinhal da Torre in the Tejo region. Pinhal da Torre boasts of being one of few in the area that produces wines from their estate grown grapes only.

Knowledge of the details of each grape variety, limited production with a focus on quality, and a great respect for nature and for the fruit are the main reasons for the quality of the grapes from Quinta de São João and Quinta do Alqueve.

On colour, the Pinhal Da Torre Quinta De Sao Joao 2008 holds a deep scarlet hue.  On the nose, scents of red berry and plum are present. On the palate, you are greeted by the unforgettable taste of Portugal varietals Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. Tastes of jam like berries, anise, light mineral, slight oak and well-tempered tannins with bordered acidity, produce a medium to long finish.

Pinhal Da Torre Quinta De Sao Joao 2008 is a well structured and complex red blend and worthwhile seeking out if you are interested in learning more about what Portugal has to offer the expanded wine community.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $24.95

We gave this wine a 4 out of 5