meandroDouro, Portugal

$22 / $125.40 / $224.40

This second label of the famed Vale Meão estate has enough structure to allow it to develop for years while also having plenty of lush dark berry notes and structured tannins. It’s a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and a small percentage of other indigenous grapes. The full-bodied mouthfeel is attributed to the 13 months it spends aging in used French oak. Douro Superior was generally one of the best regions in this tough vintage, and the Meandro is a great example of this: focused, elegant and powerful. The tannins and fruity forefront will mellow with age, but the complexity will only deepen. Drink now through 2020. Pair with savory cheeses or spicy, garlic-y meat and game dishes — like grilled duck breasts with black olives.

“Plum, boysenberry, currant flavors lead the way in this supple, juicy red, with licorice, smoke and floral notes chiming in on the herb-tinged finish.” – Wine Spectator 90 points