This Esteva Douro 2013 review is part of our value series of wine reviews.  These reviews are aimed at exposing great tasting, value wines from around the world that are also easy to access.  Learn about the Esteva Douro tasting notes, Vintner overview and ideal food pairings.

Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro 2013 Review from Douro, Portugal

I’m just going to come right out and say that the Douro Esteva is one of my favorite wines from Portugal right now.  It’s actually the only wine from Portugal I’ve been drinking on a consistent basis, and for $10, there’s really no reason to stop any time soon.  Drink solo or with food, chill to around 61 degrees fahrenheit (10 – 15 minutes in your average fridge).

Esteva Douro 2013 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings

The Douro wine growing region of Portugal. Image courtesy

The Esteva Douro (or Douro Esteva, you decide), comes from a Northern region in Portugal just South of the famed Vinho Verde wine appellation.  Douro lies along the Douro River, and Casa Ferreirinha tends to experience a traditionally Mediterranean climate, allowing for warm/hot days and cooler evenings throughout the growing season.  The soil concentration throughout the region consists of a high concentration of granite.  Love me some granite in my vinho tinto.

Wine has been made along the Douro River as early as the 3rd century AD.

The Esteva Douro 2013 vinho is a blend of four Portuguese grape varieties — Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barocca.  These grapes are apparently some of the finest sourced in the region, and are selected from several vineyards throughout Pinhão.

Related: You can buy the Ferreira Esteva Duoro online for $ 10.99

Esteva Douro 2013 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings

Esteva Douro 2013 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings

Image courtesy Riverport Grill.

Douro Esteva Tasting Notes & Food Pairings

This is a full-bodied, dry red wine — I might add pleasantly dry red wine from Portugal.  In the glass, it emits a densely colored ruby-red hue.  The nose sends out delicious aromas of red fruits and dried rose petals (rock-rose is what the winemaker calls it) with undertones of mild cedar and cafe.  On the opening palate, immediately detectable are refined tannins and refreshingly firm acidity over red currant and vanilla tobacco.  The mid-palate, if chilled, shows good evidence of crisp minerals that are softened up by smokey cherry-vanilla and cool forest floor.  Darker fruit, strawberry and black pepper spice become more prominent on the closing palate over a long, smooth and balanced finish.

Try pairing the Esteva Douro 2013 alongside an equally complex plate of food.  Red meats, especially char-grilled steak will accent the richness in this wine nicely.  Other options include lechon, teriyaki salmon and baby back ribs.  Sharp, aged cheeses are ideal for appetizers.


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