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Alvaro Castro, Quinta da Pellada Dao Tinto 2016
Touriga Nacional 25%, Tinta Roriz 25%, Alfrocheiro 25%
A wonderfully intense yet fresh red made from a field-blend of indigenous Portuguese varieties, as well as portions of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, and Tinta-Roriz from selected vineyards.
Temperature controlled, in stainless steel. Aged for 16 months in second year oak barrels allier.
Today the Dao is probably the best place in Portugal to find fresher aromatic styles of wine made from one of the many interesting indigenous grape varieties Portugal has to offer. And Alvaro Castro is arguably the best winemaker in the region. With white varieties such as Encruzado, Cerceal Branco and Bical and reds such as the Tourigas Nacional and Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Cao, it's not surprising that Alvaro makes many different wines. What links them is his of traditional and modern techniques, creating wines of balance and integrity.
Wine Advocate 90pts (2015) - The 2015 Reserva Dao Alvaro Castro (more casually referenced as the black label) was aged for 20 months in well-used French barriques and comes in at 13.2% alcohol. It is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 20% Alfrocheiro, 20% Jaen and 30% old vines (field blend), the same as last year. Still at a relative value level, this shows some extra stuffing to go with the winery's typical elegance and structure. The fruit projects plenty of flavor, and then it adds power on the finish. This is poised to age rather well, and it should develop more character over the next several years.