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2016 Castello D'alba

Red Reserve


Region
Douro

Soil
Schist

Elevation
300 M

Alcohol
13.5%


Vineyard

Various vineyards

Grape Varieties

40% Tinta Roriz
30% Touriga Nacional

Vinification

Manually harvested, fully destemmed and immediately crushed, the grapes are fermented by grape variety and by blends. The rigorous selection will give the better blend. This traditional, old world process reveals the art of selecting grapes per plot and the art of selecting wines to fill later. Fermentation is done in stainless steel vats of small capacity, with temperatures around 28ºC. Controlled and smooth maceration ensures elegant and aromatic wines.

Aging

12 months in French and American oak

Tasting Notes

Very complex, intense aroma with the Touriga Franca conveying wild berries and rock rose. Spices and red fruit from the Tinta Roriz and very fresh and elegant floral notes of violet from the Touriga Nacional. 12 months aging in American and French barrels give the wine the mature touches of a great Douro wine with a modern and international profile. Sweet and full on the palate, with very soft, polished tannins and a long, warm finish. Serve with game, cod and Mediterranean cuisine.

Reviews

Ultimate Wine Challenge: 91 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 88 Points (Best Buy)