Caves Sao Joao 1985 Porta dos Cavaleiros Tinto, Dao DOC

Caves Sao Joao 1985 Porta dos Cavaleiros Tinto, Dao DOC

Item Number: 13708

UPC: 5-601831202400

Country: Portugal
Region: Dao
Sub Region: Dao
Appellation/AVA: Dao DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 1985
Grape(s): 40% Jaen / 20% Alfrocheiro / 20% Preto de Mortagua / 10% Tinta Roriz / 10% Baga
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Granite and Schist
Elevation: 1,500 feet
Case Production: 2,000

Vineyard Notes: Fruit is sourced from vineyards planted in the Dão, which has one of the best microclimates for viticulture in all of Portugal. Surrounded on all sides by 3 different mountain ranges, the Dão is completely protected from cold wind and rain from the Atlantic as well as Continental storms. Warm and dry throughout the first part of the growing season, the late summer grows rapidly cooler, which allows for slower maturation of fruit and longer hangtime. The region might well have been created with winemaking in mind. The vineyards are between 400 and 800m of elevation high in the hills, and are planted on decomposed schist and granite, giving the wines hallmark acidity and minerality.

Winemaking Notes: Open top fermentation occurs with extended macerations. Wine is aged for 24 months in cement tanks before being filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes: The Porta dos Cavaleiros Tinto is a perfectly aged Dão red, exhibiting all the hallmarks of a mature wine that has been impeccably stored. On the nose, notes of dried cherry, rose petal, tobacco, white pepper and flint. On the palate, elegant flavors of dried red berry and fresh Rainier cherry are at the core of a swirling combination of floral notes, mineral, pipe tobacco and forest floor.

Pairing Notes: Pair with roasted or braised meats and game. Truffles and mushrooms are particularly good pairing highlights.


  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 90 (4/1/2015)

    Caves São João has a cache of older wines they are just now releasing into the market. These need to be treated with care and given plenty of air, as this 1985, for example, is a delicate wine. It starts with scents of dried fruits, dried flowers and old-fashioned stalky baga tannins. Then the aroma develops into a complex mélange of cedar, tobacco, mushrooms and spice as the tannins mellow into a note of paraffin wax. A little Portuguese originality to serve with roast lamb.