2010 Domaine Netofa Tinito
To be honest there are not many kosher wines like the Tinto around now a days. The 2010 Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. The blend sounds more like a hybrid of Portugal and Spain, but really, Tempranillo also grows in Portugal – under the name, Tinto Roriz, and it is a blend used in Portugal and other parts of the world.
The Weiss Brothers made a WONDERFUL wine with Touriga Nacional, the 2010 Shirah Coalition. This wine is still available here and there. There is also the Yarden 2T, which I did not like in 2009 as much as I liked the 2008 vintage. Those are the only kosher wine made dry with Touriga Nacional, that I know of. Thanks Yed for correcting me!
There used to be kosher dry wine from Portugal, Casa Da Corca, Reserva, Douro that had the same blend, but they did not make any new kosher vintages, and the 2006 was getting long on the tooth. The Casa Da Corca never displayed notes of blue fruit that are all over the 2010 and 2011 Doamin Netofa Tinto. Still, the makeup is similar with deep earth, smoke, spice, dark fruit, and great acid.
The wine note follows below:
2010 Domaine Netofa Tinto – Score: B+ to A-
The wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional – classic Portuguese varietals that are showing well in Israel. The garnet colored wine opens on the nose with heavy heat, but with time shows ripe blueberry, smoked meat, nice coffee, red berries, and licorice. Medium bodied in the mouth with some complexity, but lacking the concentrated fruit of its younger 2011 brother, showing with blackberry, ripe plum, and sweet cedar, wonderful acid, and hints of green notes. The finish is long and spicy with bakers chocolate, black pepper, and more acid. Drink UP!