Like my previous recommendation (CHATEAU LOUMELAT 15 Blay, France), this wine is not for everybody ““ so take note. It is modeled on the traditional Bordeaux style ““ which is a dusty-dry and very different from the fruity, richness of what’s offered today.

For the second experience of retro reds, we are going to pass-up on expensive Bordeaux because there is a fantastic alternative ““ a similar experience for a fraction of the price. Red wines from the Douro in Portugal are modeled on the traditional Bordeaux style ““ think antique feeling ““ exciting mature flavours that go way beyond fruits, and into genuine wineness. Shades of a $100 old Bordeaux ““ especially when poured from a decanter. A perfect match with grilled red meats. Best in the fall or winter months.

CASA DE CAMBRES 11 Douro Reserva, Portugal 470377 Vintages $14.95

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