Vértice Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 482679
Price: $12.75
Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Caves Transmontanas

A Portuguese sparkling that seems to be a tad darker than most. Aromas of white grapes with hints of apples. Not as sweet in the mouth with some nice dryness with the grape flavours and some wood notes. The yeast is nicely hidden. For the price, there is not much bad stuff to say about this one. Pretty dry, woody more than yeasty, well-blended grapes. Yep, very nice for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5


Quinta Da Aveleda Vinho Verde

LCBO#: 89995
Price: $11.60
Made in: Portugal
By: Aveleda S.A.
Year: 2015

A Portuguese white wine with a fresh fruity nose that reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet grapes aromas with hints of sourness. The sour notes are quite present in the flavours, over the fruitiness. Some nice mild dryness in the finish. Light yeast lingers giving out very mild nuttiness. Refreshing and pretty good overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Vila Regia Douro 2012

imageLCBO#: 464388
Price: $8.00
Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Sogrape

This Portuguese inexpensive red wine starts off with a nice presentation with its beautiful classy label. The aromas are not too bad with lots of sweetness, some alcohol but hints of burnt wood and leather. The taste starts off sweet at first, but gets watery. Even worst with food. With lots of breathing though, it does get better on its own. Some dryness, some tannins. A little yeast lingers giving notes of nuts. Nothing really bad for the price, so alright if you need to buy a case for a gathering but have a limited budget. Just let it breath a long, long time.

Rating: 3.2/5

Passion of Portugal Reserva Red

20131013-185407.jpgLCBO#: 146449
Price: $8.25
Made in: Alentejo, Portugal
By: Casa Santos Lima
Varietal: Syrah, Tinta Roriz and Barroca

This inexpensive Portuguese blended red wine has Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Syrah grapes. There is a tag on the front label that says Or (Gold) Coupe des Nations Québec 2013 award. It has very nice aromas with mild leather, tobacco and dark fruits. The taste is good as well, but very mild at first. With time though, it becomes quite good. Light tannins, light dryness and plum notes. All of this make this one a superb red wine for under $10.

Rating: 3.8/5

Kopke Fine Ruby Port

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Price: $14.90
Made in: Portugal
By: C.N. Kopke & Co Ltd

Big sweet fruity aromas of berries, grapes, with notes of plums and cherries. Pretty much the same for the taste with a bigger sweetness at first, but slowly calming down with the plums. There are hints of Cabernet Sauvignon with the tobacco and leather. This adds a lot with time to balance things. Quite easy to drink, even with some alcohol showing a bit, here and there. Let this one breath and it is definitely a great port for the price.

Rating: 3.1/5

Alianca Terra Boa Tinto

20110317-020240LCBO#: 590364
Price: $7.25
Made in: Portugal, Trás-os-montes
By: Caves Aliança

Soft tasting with not much tannins, a little dry, but mostly wet with decent red grape flavours. Nice blackberry aromas. Pretty decent for such a low price.

Rating: 3/5