Porta Dos Cavaleiros Reserva Branco

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Winemaker Notes

Bright gold color. On the nose, expressive aromatics of dried stone and orchard fruit comingle with wet stone and almond. On the palate, clean and surprisingly fresh, with round yellow orchard fruit and dried apricot flavors giving way to dusty mineral notes and fresh herbs. A core of surprisingly youthful acidity and considerable length.

Wine Information

Porta dos Cavaleiros is Caves S. João’s paean to the Dão. Using time-honored techniques and indigenous varietals, the Costa family has been a mainstay in Portuguese winemaking for the better part of a century. Caves S. Joāo launched Porta dos Cavaleiros in the 1950’s, capitalizing on long standing agreements with growers in the Dāo. The reds utilize Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Jaen (Mencia), and the whites use Bical, Cercial, Malvasia and Encruzado. The Costa family’s notoriously steadfast approach, along with considerable resources available to them due to their long history in Portugal, allowed them to continue producing and cellaring wine in the Dão through a number of shifts in the market for these wines. As a result, we have access to perfectly aged, mature wines that are an amazing piece of Portugal’s viticultural history -pristine examples of mature wines with profound finesse and irreplicable complexity. Caves S. Joao is the only winery in Portugal offering library releases of still wines commercially, with vintages going back to the 1950’s. Currently available for special order are the 1973, 79, 80, 84 and 85 whites.

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