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Grão Vasco 1996 Dão ($6.99)
Most of us know Portugal primarily as the source of Port, but Dão, a historic region that's been lightly regarded during most of this century, may bear getting to know. Made from a variety of grapes, but most notably the Touriga Nacional (the major grape of Port), Dão can be a rich, full and ageworthy red or a fruity quaffer. This low-end rendition is approachable, a dark ruby wine with an orange glint, showing blueberries and spice and a whiff of caramel on the nose and warm, plummy fruit and zippy acidity on the palate. Simple and fresh, it makes a fine table wine. U.S. importer: Evaton, Inc., Stamford, Conn. (Aug. 17, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with a quick Italian-style dish thrown together from leftover lamb and sausage with fresh tomatoes and orzo.
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