The 2005 Sogrape Dao Callabriga Red was a mouth-filling, chocolaty, delicious surprise. In my earlier post about the Symington Family dry Portuguese red, I had mentioned how after not having had that many memorable dry Portuguese reds in the past, that recently I’ve actually had some good ones that include the Symington and this Sogrape.
Like many dry Portuguese reds, the Callabriga is a blend of the traditional red grapes that also go into the country’s Port wines. Loads of lush plum, smoke and chocolate flavors filled my mouth in the first gulp. Add to that some cinnamon spice, lush tannins and a pretty persistent finish and you’re looking at a recession-busting, value wine.
The good friend of ours who shared this wine with us loved the wine so much, he had bought about half a case of it and still had a few bottles left to share. I believe he picked it up for about $12/bottle? The wine also received a nice score of 90 points out of 100 from the Wine Spectator. Easily a case buy for both early drinking and cellaring.