At 13.5% alcohol and scoring 16 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, the 2016 Cabo da Roca  Vinho Tinto (red wine) is f rom the Vinho Regional Lisboa (Lisbon wine region) in Portugal. It cost under $15 and is a great buy.

Still inky purple, the wine has black fruits on its nose, laced with spice, and is balanced well. It is medium weight. It has a long after taste with fruit and smooth tannins. It can age at least a decade. It’s an ideal food wine, meaning it was made to highlight foods’ flavors and be the liquid part of a meal.


I’m adding a lot of wines from Portugal to my cellar for everyday drinking and also to age. This one is quite good.

We should all learn the names of a few Portuguese grapes. This beauty is made with Syrah (which we all know) and Castelao and Aragonez grapes.  I’ve aged some wines made from Aragonez grapes for over a decade in the past and know this wine will go ten years and become even more smooth.  In Vino Veritas.