January 17, 2007

Wine Tasting Note: Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
Altano Reserva BottleRed WineWine Tasting Note:Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal.
Bin-end stock at Waitrose £4.99 down from £6.99.
Bought to accompany a spicy, rich, Spanish-inspired Chorizo and Potato Stew the flavours of which, while simmering away, invaded the whole flat with the most delicious aromas.
The stew, heady with rich spices, could have been tricky to match with a wine; the spice-heat itself enough to dominate a less powerfully flavoured wine. But the medium-bodied Altano stood-up to the task wonderfully. The acidity cutting through the richness and the deep, spicy flavours complementing those in the food.
A blend of Tinto Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa grapes common to this corner of Portugal. Alcohol 12.5%. >.
Scribblings Rating – 90/100

Waitrose have this reduced as the newer vintages are coming on stream – the Altano website currently lists the 2004 vintage. A little age to a Douro red does wonders. A bargain at £4.99 if you see it.

3 Comments
  1. ryan opaz January 17, 2007

    Great wine at a great price. Though it’s interesting that as I travel around I see the same wines in so many different labels(designs). Each market gets it’s own I guess.

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  2. Andrew January 17, 2007

    Their website seems to show a different label for each vintage; but of course that doesn’t stop them using a different label for different markets. They obviously don’t mind the added costs.

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  3. Trig January 17, 2007

    Wine from my part of the world. I’ll send my dad to Waitrose tomorrow for a case.

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