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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Barco Negro Red Blend 2005

Barco NegroYou might think that a Barco Negro would be the sound made by a black dog, but in fact it translates to "black boat." One particular black boat was a wine barge with a black hull and sails that transported wine on the Douro River in Portugal, and it was for that historic vessel that this wine was named.

An unoaked blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), the Barco Negro 2005 opens with cherry and a whiff of mint on the nose, followed by cherry, plum and berry flavors on the palate and a dry finish. It's robust and full-bodied, and its soft tannins make it good to pair with food or easy to relax with and drink by itself. (Would that make one a Barco-lounger?)

Priced at just $12, this satisfying and versatile wine is a good one to keep on hand.
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:47 AM


This is in my wine queue, as well. I look forward to pulling the cork. I've been really, really impressed with a couple of the portuguese wines I've tried recently!

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