Red Vinho Verde, most of which is made from the Vinhão grape variety (known elsewhere in Portugal as Sousão), is a bit of an acquired taste. It’s hard to get hold of outside of the region, even though quite a bit of it is made. A lot is sold by carafe in restaurants. Good ones are utterly delicious, and a little wild and rustic, with keen acidity and vibrant fruit. The work well with meaty, fatty food. This is a nice example, tamed slightly to suit the modern palate, but still capturing the essence of this unique and eminently drinkable wine. This is made by the Adega de Ponte de Barca co-op, and it will be inexpensive.
Este Vinhão 2013 Vinho Verde Tinto, Portugal
10% alcohol. Vibrant red/purple colour. Sweet, vivid nose is spicy with raspberry and cherry fruit. The palate is fresh with a bit of spritz and lovely fresh berry fruits, and a hint of cinnamon. A superbly drinkable, fruit-driven red wine in a joyful, vibrant, light style. 88/100 (UK agent is Marta Vine)