2016 Alvaro Red Blend


  Lisbon, Portugal

Classic faint crimson in color, the nose of raspberry and pomegranate is accented by hints of cedar, wild fennel, and mossy minerally soil. Rich and savory on the palate, the full silky flavors of bing cherry and rhubarb lead to a long graceful finish with fresh acidity and nuances of potpourri and sandalwood. Best enjoyed today after an hour of being open, the Damietta should develop nicely over the next 8-10 years and be delicious every step of the way.

$144.00 / 6 bottles


6 bottles


750ml / bottle





I’m in love with the wines we keep bringing in from Portugal and we just discovered a beautiful red that’s perfect for Spring. I can hardly keep my hands off this, it’s the 2016 Alvaro, a 100% Touriga Nacional from the hills surrounding Lisbon. Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s finest red grape, and when it’s grown in the Lisbon hills it comes to life with luscious flavors, dry silky tannin, and an easy drinking personality. Right away the nose is wide open with bright red cherry dusted with white pepper and spice. That’s followed by bold black fruit flavors, almost like a mix of plum and blackberry, all backed up by a smooth supple tannin that’s fully dry. The wine’s balance is what makes this such a joy to drink though, and the more I drink it the more food pairing options keep popping into my mind. You’ll be amazed by how well this pairs with anything from roasted chicken to grilled salmon to even flank steak with a soy ginger marinade, the possibilities are endless, and all delicious! Deep magenta in color, the nose is a refreshing mix of red cherry skins with hints of white pepper and spice. The soft velvety core of bold black fruit flavors is dominated by plum and blackberry and leads to an effortless balanced finish that will please the taster with its complexity and elegance. Delicious on its own, the Alvaro’s balance and finesse offers an endless array of food pairing options, from charcuterie and cheeses to a simply prepared roasted chicken or even a grilled flank steak in a soy ginger marinade.