• Cartuxa Évora Tinto Colheita 2012


This silky, delicious blend of Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Alfrocheiro and Trincadeira is soft and luscious, with black fruit and some of the early, leafy character of Aragonez, a Portuguese name for the tempranillo grape. The oak is quite noticeable, but the fruit emerges with some time, so I recommend decanting an hour before dinner. This is a new distributor selling only in Maryland but with plans to enter the District and the Virginia markets. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.

• Volte Face Vinho Branco 2015


What's behind the enigmatic mask on the bottle? It's Antaõ Vaz, an indigenous grape variety that just might change your opinion of Portuguese white wines for the better. Flavors of white flowers and talc are backed up by rich textures of lanolin and beeswax. Delicious. There is also an excellent red at the same price. ABV: 13.5 percent.


• Protos Tinto Fino 2014


Spicy and rich with red-fruit flavors and a hint of earth, this delightful tempranillo will match steaks, ribs and other hearty meat dishes. ABV: 14.5 percent.

• Casa Santos Lima Tinto Reserva 2012


This is quite good, rich with red-fruit and mocha flavors. The new oak is quite noticeable, but there is a lot of delicious fruit underneath it. ABV: 13.5 percent.


• Pérola Tinto 2014


Looking for a nice red wine for burgers on the grill, takeout kebabs or Peruvian chicken? Here's your casual, inexpensive weeknight house red. ABV: 13 percent.

•  = Exceptional;  = Excellent;  =Very Good. Check to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

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