Alvaro Castro: Outstanding Selections from the Dão

Alvaro Castro

Alvaro Castro is one of the most accomplished winemakers in Portugal.  Since 1980 he has served as winemaker for his family’s properties at Quinta da Pellada and Quinta de Saes. Alvaro crafts elegant wines sourced from traditional varieties with minimal intervention in the cellar. 

Having tasted Alvaro’s wines several years ago for our report on The New Wines of Portugal, we are delighted to note that today his wines are better than ever.  Most notably they reveal a sense of place and exhibit the elegance and refinement of wines that are unique to the Dão Readers unfamiliar with wines of the Dão are encouraged to try these selections—and to do so with food. These wines are imported in the US by Olé & Obrigado. 

Alvaro Castro 2017 Quinta de Saes Tinto Dão ($20) 91  The Quinta de Saes Tinto is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Jaen.  A young wine, it displays a fresh nose a fruit rich attack of boysenberry and plum.  Aged 18 months in second year barrels, it reveals lovely purity of flavor and excellent balance. A perfect food wine.

Alvaro Castro 2015 Quinta da Pellada Vinho Tinto Dão ($74) 94  This is a rich and flavorful, 100% Touriga Nacional sourced from sustainably grown vines planted in 1950.  It offers spicy red fruit on the nose. On the palate it is silky smooth with concentrated flavors of dark plum and earth. A vibrant wine with excellent balance and outstanding persistence.   

Alvaro Castro 2013 Quinta da Pellada Casa Dão ($114) 95  This is a magnificent single vineyard red blend of earthy dark red berry fruit with savory notes. Very fragrant on the nose, it is big and bold flavored on the palate with layers of dark plum and black currant. Beautifully balanced, it reveals some firm tannins at this stage of development and has a rich lingering finish.

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