Quinta de Santiago Sou Tinto Blend 2021

You might have heard folks whispering about how Portugal is a hotbed of amazing values — wines that way overdeliver on their price tag. It’s true, but we should also be looking to Portugal for adventure. For a new generation of vigneron tapping forgotten terroir and indigenous varieties to create stuff that hasn’t been seen stateside…ever.

Nuno Mira Do Ó is at the forefront of that new generation. He scours Portugal for hidden rows of native vines, and partners with old-timers who know the soils like the back of their hand. He’s everywhere, from the Atlantic coast of Bairrada to the forests of Dão. The result? Adventurous wines that showcase the true heart of Portuguese terroirs.

Joana Santiago partnered with Nuno to create the Sou wines in the northern border of Spain and Portugal: Vinho Verde country. This red blend of indigenous varieties is aged for 11 months in used French oak. It’s berry-forward and herbaceous with soft glowy tannins.