Quevedo Ruby Port
Taste of the Douro
This ruby port wine from Portugal’s treasured Douro Valley bursts with the aromas and tastes of red fruits and berries. Its flavor is so nuanced, it rates an 88 on Wine Spectator!
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
This red port from Quevedo boasts the same ruby color as its namesake. It is made from a mix of ports from different harvests, bottled young to preserve its coloration and freshness as well as to prevent oxidation. The fruitiness of cherry, raspberry, and redcurrant with a hint of anise waft straight out of the bottle on opening, and the wine itself is dense and full-bodied with clear tannins. Its lingering notes are of a deeper, darker fruit variety: plum and black fruit jam.
Best served slightly chilled, ruby port pairs well with desserts and appetizers both. For a light repast or the beginning of a meal, a small glass goes well with stuffed olives and pickles. Whether you count cheese as a dessert or meal starter, the more mature, aged variants are best. This port goes from a dessert range of apple pies, cheesecakes, and flans to an array of chocolate cakes, puddings, and truffles. We love it with everything from the Michel Cluizel Chocolates – Noir Collection. However, should you want to sip your port in the middle of a meal, it pairs well with a simple steak or stew, too!
FROM A UNESCO-RECOGNIZED REGION
The Douro has been known for its designated vineyards since the mid-1700s, making it the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Grape harvest and winemaking in the valley date back 2,000 years, giving the awe-inspiring terraced vineyards on either side of the Douro River Valley recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Port wine from this valley is considered a cultural treasure of Portugal, with afficionados from around the world flocking to see and participate in the harvest season every September.
Store unopened bottles horizontally in a cool, dark place, ideally between 12 and 15°C. Once opened, store the bottle upright in the fridge. Opened bottles can be stored from 4 to 6 weeks.