Many people equate Portugal with Port wine, but there is much more than Port in Portugal, including stellar table wines.
Prats + Symington was formed in 1998 as a joint partnership between Bruno Prats of Château Cos d’Estournel fame and world-renowned Port producers, the Symington Family Estates. Created in 2002, Post Scriptum is the partnership’s second wine after the Prats + Symington Chryseia that last year was named the No. 3 wine of 2014 by Wine Spectator.
The 2012 Post Scriptum is a combination of classic Bordeaux winemaking and the finest grapes from Portugal’s Douro Valley. It is comprised of 54 percent touriga franca, 45 percent touriga nacional, and 2 percent others, and is barrel-aged for 13 months in French oak.
Dark reddish purple in the glass, its aromas leap from the glass with notes of sweet plum, olallieberry, black tea, and spice. Very charming and smoothly textured on the palate, this medium-bodied wine has delicious flavors of dark red and black berries, anise, and dark chocolate. Beautifully balanced and easy to like, it will please anyone with a fondness for hearty red wines.
Pair it with grilled foods such as lamb and vegetable skewers or steak. Or enjoy it indoors with roast beef.
The wine is very reasonably priced at $25 and is available at Hi-Time Wine Cellars and Wine Lab in Costa Mesa, Vendome Wine & Spirits in Fullerton, Wine Exchange in Santa Ana, and OC Wine Mart & Deli in Yorba Linda. It’s also on the wine list at Old Vine Café in Costa Mesa.