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Snooth User: roosterluz

Need info on a Portuguese wine, Sao Domingos.

Posted by roosterluz, Oct 17, 2012.

I have a bottle of Sao Domingos 1977, from the Dao region in Portugal. I cannot find any information on this wine from that year. I was wondering if it is worth anything, and if it is drinkable?


Reply by EMark, Oct 18, 2012.

Well, Roosterluz, I had some time for a quick search, but, like you, I could not find anything either.  From that I might conclude that it is not a particularly distinguished wine.  If that is the case, I would next conclude that its value is insignificant.

As to whether the wine is drinkable, the standard response is "What do you know about its storage for the last 30 years?"  If it's been stored in a nice cool dark place, then it might, very well, be drinkable.  If it's been stored in a hot cupboard over the stove, it might be useful as a vinegar substitute.  Thank you for adding the picture.  From that it looks like it's in really good shape.

So, open it up and try it.  Then, please come back here and tell us about it.  Don't feel bad if you find the wine undrinkable.  I started a converstion here on the Snooth Forum a few months ago about some older wines that were gifted to me.  It looks like I'm going to get to the last one next week.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 18, 2012.

Certainly there are grapes grown in Portugal that can age very nicely--it is the home of Port, but that also involves some special handling.  They do grow the age-worthy tempranillo (although they call it other things).

In general the table wines of Portugal haven't gotten a whole lot of notoriety and, in many cases, deservedly so, but they now make some really good wines from Dao and Douro that are also great values.  Since their non-sweet wines haven't been followed by the tastemaking wine media, there's probably hardly any information about that wine much of anywhere. I did find this, indicating they are still in business and there's this as well. A bottle of the 1983 sells for 19 and a half euros.

GdP recently took a trip to Portugal, I believe, and GregT is conversant with many obscure wines, not the least of them Iberian, so maybe they can get a grip on this.

Meantime, I think there's virtually no chance that this wine (or any other save Barolo) improves much from this point forward, and, if it were valuable, it would show up on some auction site.  So, open it up, drink some and tell us if it is any good.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 18, 2012.

Oh, one thing I noticed on Lusa's website:  Expected longevity is 10 years or more.  It would be a stretch to say 30+.

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