Bob’s Pick: 2014 Casa Santos Lima, Colossal Reserva, $11.99

I call them emerging markets: those wine regions that, for some reason or another, have yet to be discovered, or sometimes re-discovered. Remember how cheap Australian wine used to be? Kind of like that. Well my latest re-discovery is Portugal. Yeah, fortified Ports are great, but there are other great wines that come from Portugal, made from the same grapes, but fermented dry. Fortunately for us, not too many people either know about them, or cannot be bothered to explore yet more unfamiliar grape varieties, so the prices are better than reasonable. This reserva (one year in bottle, two years in oak) has intense ruby color, and presents itself with a great concentration in the nose with a predominance of red ripe fruits and some floral notes. It’s well integrated with notes of spice coming from the French and American oak barrel aging. In the mouth, it shows great complexity, offering plum and blackberry. The finish is rich and elegant.  Oh yeah, and those mostly unfamiliar grapes varieties: 30 percent Touriga Nacional, 30 percent Syrah, 30 percent Tinta Roriz and 10 percent Alicante Bouschet.