Portugal is a great place to find value wines. The 2012 Dona Ermelinda Reserva has 6 years of of age on it, and is in a great place right now. The wine is comprised of four different grape varieties, with majority (70%) of the wine being Castelao.
Castelao is a grape indigenous to Portugal and is the most widely grown grape in the country. It is often used to make powerful, intense reds that are suitable for cellaring. This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and spends an additional 8 months in bottle before release. The nose is powerful and shows ripe, dark fruits, with a touch of spice and tar. On the palate the wine is rich and continues to show dark fruit, plum, spice, and tar. This is a great winter wine and will pair well with hearty stews and grilled meats.