Alvaro Castro

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Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Dão, Beiras
People: Alvaro Castro, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Alvaro Castro 2015 'DAC' Tinto, Dao DOC Login <1 Case
Alvaro Castro 2016 'DAC' Tinto, Dao DOC Login AG 88 In Stock
Alvaro Castro 2012 'Quinta da Pellada' Tinto, Dao DOC Login In Stock
Alvaro Castro 2017 'Quinta de Saes' Tinto, Dao DOC Login WA 88 In Stock



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Wines of Portugal: Álvaro Castro
Wineanorak.com: A review of one of Portugal's top winegrowers

Álvaro Castro is one of the leading producers in Portugal’s Dão region. He began life as a civil engineer, but when he inherited his property in 1980, he began to devote himself to the craft of making wine. Thirty years later, his wines express elegance, finesse, and terroir, while we works to keep alcohol levels under 13.5 percent, preferring a more subtle, balanced wine.

He collaborates with his daughter Maria in the winemaking process. He owns two Quintas: Saes where he lives and where the winery is located; Pellada on a hillside with expansive views and an old grand house he’s restoring, close to the rugged Serra d’Estrela National Park. His vineyards produce indigenous Portuguese grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, and Sercial.

Wine Advocate 8/30/2019
"This winery, one of Portugal's great estates, rarely disappoints. Even in 2014, at least at the upper level, there were many beauties. In the most recent vintages, I'm still deciding between 2015 and 2017. At least now, 2015 seems to win, but there are more 2017s to come that I have not seen. I'd probably rank 2016 third of the three, but there are certainly some super wines. It will be fun comparing as they all age—and they tend to age well. The winery emphasizes freshness."


Wine Advocate 8/31/2018
"This is one of Portugal's leading winemakers in a region that doesn't often register much in the USA—which is very sad. Fresh, balanced and Burgundian (at least the reds for that Burgundian part), Castro's wines age effortlessly, and they are distinctive."

Reviews

  • Alvaro Castro 2017 'Quinta de Saes' Tinto, Dao DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (8/30/2019)

    Showing some stuffing this year, this value-level red is also possessed of good structure and ripe fruit. It throws off plenty of flavor, plums and blueberries with some strawberry around the edges, but always in a dry and controlled fashion. This does have some structure, but it's made to drink young, so don't hesitate.
  • Alvaro Castro 2016 'DAC' Tinto, Dao DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (8/30/2019)

    As lovely as the Saes Touriga was at a similar price level, this adds better structure, although it lacks the Touriga's aromatic charm and flavors. Differently styled, they both offer a lot of value in wines made to drink young that nonetheless have some distinction, finesse and class. While it may hold well for a decade, drinking it in the short to mid-term is a good idea.
  • Alvaro Castro 2016 'Quinta de Saes' Reserva Encruzado Branco
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/31/2018)

    The 2016 Encruzado Reserva Quinta de Saes, from the same vineyard as this year's Reserva Branco (43-year-old vines at 600 meters), is unoaked and comes in at 13.2% alcohol. Like all of the 2017s, this is very concentrated yet still seems to have good acidity. This is big in power, better in concentration and very long on the finish. It should age very well, perhaps better than anticipated. The only problem here is that consumers may wonder why they should trade up to Primus. This still has the potential to improve.