This herb-scented wine, and the juicy Castelão component balances the firm tannins of the Touriga Nacional. It’s full of ripe red-berry flavors, with a fine swath of sweet tannins and acids. (Best Buy)
“ESPIRITO white is a perky, tank aged blend of Sauvignon Blanc (25%), with 20% each of Alvarinho, Verdelho and Fernao Pires, plus 15% Arinto. With that group of grapes, you know this is going to be crisp, refreshing and tasty, and so it is. With a fruity demeanor well cut by the acidity and aromatics, this has modest depth, but flavor, focus, persistence and an invigorating feel. It is Sauvignon Blanc-ish, without being too grassy. It is a perfect summer style white that is hard to resist.”
The 50/50 blend of Touriga Nacional and Syrah is aged in new and used French and American oak. It exhibits a dark ruby color with red and black fruit and herbal notes on the nose. On the palate it displays dark fruit flavors and violets with a velvety texture and excellent balance. This is an elegant wine with lingering chocolate and mocha flavors.