Under $18, with 14% alcohol, and scoring 16 points on the Dionysian Scale of a possible 20, the 2018 Hidrangeas from the Douro Region in Portugal is still young, filled with plum and floral notes, soft tannins and is mouth filling. I think it needs five more years, and will hold after that for ten more.
It’s a blend of grapes from 60 year-old vineyards. This wine was selected as the best of the day at an outdoor yard Portuguese tasting I hosted last September.
After drinking much of my cellar collection during the past nine months, almost 200 bottles of older mature wines, this wine was a baby; purple-black and so young that no additional complexities had developed as yet. They will. In Vino Veritas.