2010 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado Dao

SKU #1086754 Jancis Robinson

 Quite pale. Deliciously creamy, cedary aroma with spice and citrus, just starting to reveal some of Encruzado's potential complexity and capacity to age. Creamy on the palate too, the oak adding a sweetness and roundness to counterbalance Encruzado's crisp acidity. Great length. Very moreish and a lot more to come. (JH) (17.5/20 points)  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Encruzado is generally viewed as the most serious white grape variety in the Dao, certainly the variety that is best suited to cellaring. This has a beautiful nose of rich, waxy yellow fruits, ripe apricots, and loquats. Great fruit purity here! On the palate, the wine shows big, unctuous fruit and well balanced traces of oak. While the wine should continue to improve with another few years of bottle age, there is no need to wait as it truly is singing right now -- a delicious Portuguese white that should be mandatory drinking for any fan of intense, acid-driven, barrel-aged white wines! (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2014 | Send Email
An incredibly interesting and enticing wine made from the Encruzado grape, which is the most highly regarded white variety in Portugal, usually made in a very rich style, with intent for bottle aging. The Quinta dos Roques is no exception. A full, rich-bodied white with notes of almonds and hazelnuts, snap peas, sweet pears, resin and gorgeous floral notes. It’s bursting with minerality and stone fruits, while there are some noticeable oak characteristics, they are well integrated. This white is for those Chardonnay drinkers who want an Old World style Chard with the added bonus of decadence and the ability to lay this down for years to come.

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