The country’s main contribution to the wine world was and still is port. Port is a fortified wine, meaning that alcohol is added during the fermentation process. The addition of alcohol kills the remaining yeast cells, thereby preserving the natural sugars from the grapes. Thus, port is a sweet and unctuous wine with a noticeable” kick” (due to high alcohol content).
Built in 1944, the Caves Primavera Winery is located in Aguada de Baixo, 25 miles south of the city, Porto. The “Special Selection” bottling is made from equal parts Touriga Nacional and Baga. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in large stainless steel tanks, followed by six months in oak barrels.
The wine is full and rich in color with flavors of toffee, chocolate, and dark plum flavors. Despite its inky and viscous character, the wine is surprisingly light and dry on the palate with smooth notes of coconut. After 30 minutes, the wine begins to soften and more earthy and piney flavors eminate from within the glass.
Some friends and I enjoyed this bottle of wine with braised beef shoulder and pasta. It was very complimentary to this dish, and would also be ideal with hard cheeses and even citrus-based desserts.