2015 Castello D'alba
"Vinhas Velhas" Red
Field blend of over 40 year old vines
Grapes come from vineyards planted in the Douro Superior, at an average altitude of 350 meters, usually with more than 40 years of age, and planted in terraces with predominant East/North exposure.
Grapes are hand picked, reception with full destemming, followed by crushing and cooling. Fermentation in 18 ton vats, with maceration at a temperature around 26ºC. Intense and prolonged maceration and part of the malolactic fermentation were made in oak barrels.
18 months in new and used French oak
Very elegant and refined, a modern style that fully preserves the soul of the Douro’s native grape varieties. The aroma harmoniously blends the concentration of Douro reds in all their complexity. Berries, hints of rock rose, spices, exuberant violets and extremely fresh notes of basil and bergamot. The long maturation in barrels produced a wine with great aromatic elegance, where the scents of the Douro are not masked by excessive notes of oak. Very smooth and ripe tannins, fresh and aromatic, very elegant, long finish.
Decanter World Wine Awards: 95 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points