The wine is a blend of local grapes Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz and is a good introduction to the wines of the Dao with an appealing perfume and fresh black fruits, an ideal lunch time wine. Recently moved on to the 2012 vintage which has even more intense fruit focus. Lots of soft red and black fruit flavours, combined with a really attractive streak of leather and spice. Bit more structure than the 2011 but still lovely soft tannins. Great with anything meaty, char-grilled or with a lovely bit of Manchego cheese
Even more than the prestigious but warmer Douro, the Dao is probably the best place in Portugal to find fresher aromatic styles of wines made from one of the many interesting indigenous grape varieties Portugal has to offer. And in the Dao, we think one producer stands out from the others; step forward Alvaro de Castro. With white varieties such as Encruzado, Cerceal Branco and Bical and reds such as the Tourigas Nacional and Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Amerela and Tinta Cao, there are many possible combinations and indeed Alvaro makes many different wines. What links them is his blend of traditional and modern techniques, creating wines of balance and integrity.
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