Quinta da Pellada Naked Vine<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This special cuvée "Naked Vine" is made from all 7 parcels in the Pellada property. The winery has only made this blend once before, in 2003.
RATING HISTORY:2018 95WA, 91W&S
GRAPE:Old vine (75+ years) field blend of some 48 different varieties coming from all 7 parcels of the Pellada property. Planted to granite, sand and quartz at an average altitude of 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steels tanks. Aged for 36 months in 400L used oak casks.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Quinta da Pellada is located in the northern part of the Dão, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite, with lines of sand and quartz at 500m (1640 ft) elevation. The Dão 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.
TASTING NOTES:This is elegant and complex, with moderate tannins and lush texture. The finish is long and persistent, even while nothing is harsh or astringent. This is a beauty that is hard to resist. It will also age well, maybe better than indicated. - Mark Squires
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