Alvaro Castro 2012 'Quinta da Pellada' Tinto, Dao DOC
Item Number: 11245
Sub Region: Dao
Appellation/AVA: Dao DOC
Grape(s): Alvarelhao / Tinta Pinheira / Touriga Nacional / Jaen / Tinta Amarela
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Granite, with fingers of sand and quarts
Elevation: 1640 ft
Case Production: 6,000
What Makes this Wine Unique? This is an old vine field blend that represents the power, finesse and elegance that are achievable in the Dão. Only the best parcels from two sites go into this wine; both are adjacent to the 16th century estate. Minimal intervention with pristine raw materials is the hallmark of this age-worthy red.
Production Notes This wine is macerated for 10 days, cold soak, to maximize aromatic extraction. Wild yeast fermentation in stainless fermentation vats, then aged for 26 months in 5th and 6th use large format French oak. Fined and filtered. This is a vegan wine.
Location, Soil and Climate Quinta da Pellada is located in the northern part of the Dão, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite, with fingers of sand and quartz at 500m (1640 ft) elevation. The Dão has a temperate continental climate, protected from the cold winds of the Atlantic by the Luso Mountains, from the warm winds of Extremadura to the west by the Sierra da Estrela, and from the arid heat of the Douro by the Serra do Caramulo. Average temperature in the growing season is 57F (14C). Rainfall is 26 inches per annum, with no irrigation.
Tasting Notes Bright ruby-garnet. On the nose, powerful aromatics that gain explosivity with some air. Sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, flint, truffle and violets comingle on the nose. On the palate, this is an elegant, finessed wine with restraint to its power and structure. Built to age, this is tightly wound in its youth with mouthwatering acidity but a beautiful purity to the core of red fruit and minerals. Finishes long, with impeccable balance.