This is an old vine field blend that represents the power, finesse and elegance that are achievable in the Dao. Only the best parcels from two sites go into this wine; both are adjacent to the 16th century estate. Minimal intervention with pristine raw materials is the hallmark of this age-worthy red.
2016 95WA, 2015 96 WA; 2014 93+ WA
Old vine field blend of some 40 different varieties, mainly Alvarelhao, Tinta Pinheira, Touriga Naçional, Jaen and Tinta Amarela. Average vine age of 75 years. Planted to granite, sand and quartz at an average altitude of 550m above sea level.
The fresh red fruit and delicate aromatics of the Quinta de Pellada Tinto pair very well with roast poultry and game. Mushrooms and other umami-laden dishes are also fine pairs.
This wine is macerated for 10 days, cold soak, to maximize aromatic extraction. Wild yeast fermentation in stainless fermentation vats, then aged for 26 months in 5th and 6th use large format French oak. Fined and filtered. This is a vegan wine.
6,000 cases (6 bottles per case)
Quinta da Pellada is located in the northern part of the Dao, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite, with fingers of sand and quartz 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.
Bright ruby-garnet. On the nose, powerful aromatics that gain explosivity with some air. Sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, flint, truffle and violets comingle on the nose. On the palate, this is an elegant, finessed wine with restraint to its power and structure. Built to age, this is tightly wound in its youth with mouthwatering acidity but a beautiful purity to the core of red fruit and minerals. Finishes long, with impeccable balance.