It is surprising the answers I get when I ask people if they’ve tried any wines from Portugal. Most either answer no or give the standard “port” response. Such a shame as I tell everyone who will listen that if you find your palate partial to red blends, Portugal is your ideal wine geo. Quinta do Mondego Red 2010 is a red blend from the Dão region of Portugal, but lovely wines can be found in Douro, Tejo, and Alentejo, just to name a few Portuguese wine regions. The Quinta do Mondego family owned estate sits on the river bank of the body of water it was named after, the Mondego River. Born out of a hobby, Quinta Do Mondego is now one of the leading wine producers in Dão.

On colour, the Quinta do Mondego Red 2010 holds a deep ruby hue. On the nose, red berries, floral notes and spice are present. On the palate, you will be met with tempered tannins, vanilla, and a bevy of red berries, finished with a slight acidity that adds to the complexity of this wine. All in all, a lovely and smooth red in the mouth.

Quinta do Mondego Red 2010 is a blend of 2 % Jaen, 5% Alfrocheiro, 5 %Tinta-Roriz, 88% Touriga Nacional, and was aged in French oak for 12 months, before sitting in bottle.  You can drink this now, but let it breathe for 30 minutes first, or you can let the wine sit for another 3 to 5 years and then enjoy.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5