2015 Quinta do Perdigao Encruzado Dao

SKU #1320158

Separated from the scorching Douro region by the Sera da Estrela mountains, the Dao is arguably Portugal's top region for balanced, mineral driven reds and whites that are marked both by fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. Encruzado is the region's premier white grape variety, and Quinta do Perdigao makes a fantastic version that is purely fruited, elegantly textured and capable of improving in bottle.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2017 | Send Email
If there is a single Portuguese region that consistently brings great value to the table, and is unfortunately as consistently overlooked, it would have to be the Dao. There are great wines at a variety of price points, though this under $20 white is one of my current favorites. It features Encruzado, the region's star grape and a variety that can bring to mind Chablis, Muscadet, Godello for the Iberian inclined imbibers out there. Citrus - particularly ripe pink grapefruit - on the nose, leads to a palate of pure fruit, with nice extract and phenolic qualities as well. Organically farmed, raised in neutral oaked, further cultivated by a sound system streaming in live opera from the Met for crying out softly...this is a wine well worth experiencing!

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds.