Alvaro Castro 2015 'DAC' Tinto, Dao DOC
Item Number: 11901
Sub Region: Dao
Appellation/AVA: Dao DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Qunita da Pellada
Grape(s): 30% Touriga Nacional / 20% Jaen 30% / Tinta Roriz / 20% Alfrocheiro
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: granite, clay and sandy soil
Elevation: 1,804 ft
Case Production: 5,000
Quinta da Pellada is arguably the best producer in the Dão. History shows that vines have been grown at Quinta da Pellada since at least the XVI century, when in 1527 the crown’s treasury taxed the property ‘80 barrels to the king.’ Although impossible to verify now what the king thought, let alone if the barrels ever got to him, it is clear that the taxes are an irrefutable certification of the wine’s existence!”
What Makes this Wine Unique?: Complex, earthy and bright, DAC Tinto has the unmistakable stamp of its provenance. The estate has a single location near Seia, central Dão. Along with being an extraordinary valeu wine, DAC Tinto is an outstanding example of Dão’s style, earthy and medium bodied, elegant and feminine with a ‘less is more’ winemaking approach.
Production Notes: Manual harvest happens mid/late-September. Juice ferments in stainless steel vats, Couvaison (maceration) for 15 days. Aged for 12 to 18 months on used 2 to 3 year French oak. Filtered and bottled June/July.
Terroir Notes: The estate is surrounded by pine trees on a 500 meter-high hill overlooking Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s tallest mountain (2.000 meters). Dão is a region well-protected by mountains. To the east, Serra da Estrela protects from Spain’s continental heat, to the west, Bussaco is a wall to Atlantic winds and to the north Caramulo shields Dão from the extreme Douro Valley temperatures.
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby in color, it offers aromas of crushed herbs with hints of black pepper. Silky smooth mouth feel with concentrated smoky black fruit and earthy flavors, with silky tannins and a long finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Simple fare, charcuteries, and smoked meats, hard cheese as parmesan or manchego. Meats like veal, pork, and roasted turkey.