The Douro Valley in Portugal has been the most perpetually undervalued wine region in the world. Until last month, when the NY Times fawned that it “has so much going in its favor, it’s almost ridiculous.” In that tasting column, a wine from one of our favorite producers, Lavradores de Feitoria, at $12, beat comparable wines priced up to $81 (though it’s been on our shelves at $11.75, a whole five nickels less than the NY Times suggested price).
It turns out that the Douro may kind of be like your favorite undiscovered NYC neighborhood or restaurant – a victim of favorable press. When we called up to reorder the 2009 Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto, we were told it sold out long before expected thanks to the Times endorsement, leaving us with only 5 cases of the 2009 vintage. To savor the “exotic flavors of wild herbs, anise and fruit with dusty tannins” of the Lavradores Tinto from a vintage the Times praised as yielding particularly “ripe, fruity” wines, act fast!