Wine of the week

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 13, 2009 - 2:36 PM

DOW VALE DO BOMFIM 2006

Vale do Bonfim 2006

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DOW VALE DO BOMFIM 2006

The experience:

This is a wine for those who don't want the "dirt" that usually comes with European reds in this price range. The smooth-as-all-get-out blend glides across the palate with red-berry and spice flavors. It's medium-bodied, soft and elegant, a swell spring sipper.
The setting:

It's almost criminal that this wine is not in a single local restaurant. At less than 13 percent alcohol, it's well-suited for red or white meat or vegetarian dishes -- and a great option with the imminent arrival of Copper River salmon. 
The back story:

Dow's ports are justly renowned, and this wine is made primarily from the same grapes (Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional).


The tab:

$12, available at the Wine Thief, South Lyndale, Eden Prairie municipals and Surdyk's.
BILL WARD

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