Like many wine fans, I receive emails from many wine store. One of my favorite and most trusted stores in the Boston area is Gordon’s Fine Wine. In David Raines’ absence, other staff have stepped up to promote their wine of the moment. Some of the more enthusiastic missives come from Michael Murray. After having purchased several of his offerings over the past year, I have come to trust his opinion.
Last week he was promoting the 2007 Churchill’s Estates Douro Red. He described it as “dry port” if such a thing were to exist. His passion for the wine, and admittedly the $14.99 price tag, hooked me and I had to try some. Despite my intense desire to try this wine immediately, a bout with the flu left me unable to enjoy wine until earlier this week. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca, Churchill’s uses grapes that are rooted in centuries of Old World, Portuguese winemaking and makes it accessible to New World wine drinkers.
In the glass, the wine is a deep, saturated ruby that is almost dark and brooding. Stewed fruits and prunes are the first to reach the nose, followed by flintiness and chocolate. In the mouth, the ripe fruit combines with pepper, tobacco, and cedar. It is dry, and bit more acidic than tannic, but it has great structure and mouthfeel.
I am glad that I bought a few extra bottles; it is a perfect wine to get through those bitingly cold New England days!