Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Alfrocheiro Preto
The wine region of Dão is one of the oldest wine regions in Portugal. The grapes from the area are grown within a mountainous climate which is temperate, in close proximity to the Mondego and Dão rivers, just south of the famous Douro Valley. The mountain ranges that protect the vineyards can reach up to 3,000 feet. This elevation makes grapes that can survive the day to night temperature shifts which contributes to the character of the wine. Dão is sometimes described as Portugal’s Burgundy due to the style of the wines. Like red Burgundy, wines from Dão aim for subtlety and elegance, which is helped along by the natural acidity of these grapes. The reliance on indigenous grapes is the norm and, while blends are very typical, more experimentation with single varieties is also occurring. This particular wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, and Alfrocheiro grapes. This wine should be served at 18 C, and can be enjoyed now or cellared until 2024.
The nose on this wine highlights ripe red fruit - plum, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, along with some liquorice, balsamic and herbal notes. After the wine has been open for a while, there are some lovely caramel nuances.
This red blend is packed with fruity flavours of red plum, red cherry, raspberry, and some dried fig. It has a medium body with firm, dusty tannins, and nice acidity. The fruit shows up alongside a bit of liquorice, fruitcake, and that subtle caramel! This would be a great option for those who love Rioja.
Amazing paired with grilled lamb chops, penne with cheese sauce, mushroom risotto, or medium sharp cheeses - think, Edam and Pecorino.