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This up and coming region is situated in central Portugal. It became a DOC in 1999 and was then divided into three subregions:
 
*Castelo Rodrigo
*Cova de Beira (home of the exclusive local white grape Fonte Cal)
*Pinhel
 
The climate is continental, with hot and dry summers and very cold winters. These conditions can be tricky, creating grapes with higher alcohol to tannin ratios, but with skill, great wines can still be produced. 
 
Whites produced in the region are Arinto, Rabo de Ovelha, Malvasia Fina and Siria. Reds grapes are Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Rufete, Bastardo and Marufo. The area is known for older vines, with small yields, but fine structure. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Grand Noir

    Grand Noir de la Calmette or Grand Noir is a red grape created in 1855 by French grape breeder Henri Bouschet at his ...

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  • Bageiras Quinta Das Bairrada Garrafeira Branco 2011

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    Fermented in 2500 liter wood barrel, on indigenous yeasts then aged in 1000 liter barrels where it is allowed to oxidize a bit. Waxy on the nose with  gorgeous sage, citrus oil and faint vegetal and chalk aromas that are framed with hints of leather and pork fat. Bright on entry and with great fruit early on the medium bodied palate, this shows ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Encontro Q Do E Bical 2012

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    Dusty, sandy and pithy on the nose with decidedly chalky overtones to the estery white peach fruit. While very light in the mouth this is really very fruity in a very light super fresh style that shows off clean, crisp pithy green fruit leading to a modest finish. Perhaps a bit of a small wine but very refreshing. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Dos Carvalhais Encruzado Dão 2011

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    Oaky, nutty, cool climate Chardonnay like nose is buttery and smoke filled and very influenced by wood. On the palate this shows rich flavors of  caramel and melon in a  lean, crisp and focused style that is a little rustic on the finish. Snappy, sapid and focused. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Caves São João Red Blend Dão Porta Dos Cavaleiros 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by merchoa


  • Quinta de Cabriz Red Blend Dão Colheita Seleccionada 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Encruzado Barrique Do Portugal Quinta Dos Roques Encruzado Jahrgang Portugal Encruzado Die Dynamischen 2009

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    These Dao wines have progressed in leaps and bounds and show little in common with their ancestors of a couple of decades ago. This Quinta dos Roques is a case in point; the balance, elegance and hedonic pleasures of nose and mouthfeel is a far cry from the rusticity of the past. The Christmas Cake (what else?) scent, cherry pie flavours with m... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Tinto Dão DOC 2008

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    Oaky in a nutty, sweet caramel, Cognac kind of way, but there's plenty of herb-scented wild berry and blueberry fruit to handle it. Licorice and cedar, too. This is broad and fairly taut on entry, showing a fine balance of tightly grained tannins and acidity. There's a lot going on in the mouth with complex flavors of nutty oak, sweet caramel, v... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boas Vinhas Tinto Red Blend 2009

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    This is a smooth, rich red with elegant character. Lots of wild red fruits, herb and spice flavor. Soft tannins and an elegant finish. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau


  • Quinta Dos Roques Collector's Reserva Touriga Nacional Alfrocheiro Preto Tinta Cão Tinta Roriz Dão 2000

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    Tres bon vin avant un repas, gouteux et mettre 15 minutes au frigo pour reduire le tanin Read More

    Wine review by dompou


  • Quinta Dos Roques Qunita Do Correio Dao Tinto 2009

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    I have not had Dao wine for some time, and this mid-rank number from Quinta do Correio has bracing acidity on the palate with flavours of cranberry and wild red huckleberry. Soft and approachable, the wine is good value. There is also a smooth creamy finish that should appeal to a broad cross-section of wine drinkers. Try it. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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