Appearance - clear and bright, pale purple colour with distinctively clearer rim and some visible tears.
Nose - clean and youthful with aromas of baked black fruits, mainly blueberry, ripe black cherry and a hint of licorice. A flowery touch of violets.
Palate - dry, medium level of acidity, medium plus tannin level that are ripe but slightly coarse. Medium flavour intensity showing also black fruits but fresher than the nose hinted, maintains the licorice and violet hints. Adds a distinct herbaceous, undergrowth character to the whole and a spicy finish. Medium plus length.
Conclusions (15/20) - good quality wine, shows Douro character, fairly structured, with rustic, leafy notes well mingled in the ripe but fresh black fruits. Right now it shows an evident alcohol unbalance that should integrate further down the road and the tannins also need to mellow down, so pair it with grilled read meats, preferably seasoned with dried herbs to drink right now or wait a few months for a more harmonious wine. This is clearly a wine to have a conversation at the table.
Approximate retail price - €5,50
I have to mention this wine paired perfectly, luckily, with the dish we prepared for dinner, a recipe taken from an episode of the Australian MasterChef about a cheese master class:
Ingredients 1 Camembert cheese 1 garlic clove Thyme 1 glass of red wine
Preparation - put the garlic clove in boiling water for 1 minute to smooth its pungency - slice the garlic clove in 5 - drill small holes into the cheese and stuff them with the garlic slices - cover the cheese with the wine and thyme - bake in the oven, pre heated at 185º C, for 20 minutes
I added a Portuguese twist and used some Ruby Port wine I had in the fridge, this gave it an extra flavour intensity. A very simple and quick preparation for a delicious final result, that mingled perfectly with Diálogo 2010, the wine became much rounder and balanced on the palate.