Alvaro Castro 2017 'Quinta de Saes' Tinto, Dao DOC

Alvaro Castro 2017 'Quinta de Saes' Tinto, Dao DOC

Item Number: 13201

UPC: 5-606686000621

Country: Portugal
Region: Dao
Sub Region: Dao
Appellation/AVA: Dao DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 25% Tinta Roriz / 25% Touriga Nacional / 25% Alfrocheiro / 25% Jaen
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Granite-based soil with lines of clay sand
Elevation: 1,640 ft
Case Production: 5,000

This is an authentic, unmitigated Dao red – an archetypal expression of the elegance and minerality of this terroir.

Winemaking Notes: This wine is macerated for 10 days, cold soak, to maximize aromatic extraction. Wild yeast fermentation in stainless fermentation vats, then aged for 18 months in 2nd and 3rd use large format French oak. Fined and filtered

Vineyard Notes: Quinta de Saes is located in the northern part of the Dao, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite at 500m (1640 ft) elevation. The Dao 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, bright fresh cherry, pomegranate, candied violet, rose petal and flint. On the palate, elegant and fresh, with floral and spice notes wrapped around a core of fresh cherry fruit. Finishes long, with mouthwatering acidity and a consistent beam of minerality through the finish.

Pairing Suggestions: The fresh red fruit and delicate aromatics of the Quinta de Saes Tinto pair very well with roast poultry and game. Mushrooms and other umami-laden dishes are also fine pairs.


  • 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.