Portugal had not featured on our tastings for a couple of years, but this time we focused on the wines of the Dão region of Portugal. The region was a vinous backwater for many decades but over the last ten to fifteen years a range of interesting wines has started to emerge and many commentators believe that this area has real potential for high-quality wines and that the best is yet to come.
On 29 March Tim Goodenough presented 11 wines, including four wines from Alvaro Castro, who is recognised as perhaps the leading light in Dão.
Quinta das Marias Encruzado 2009
Paço dos Cunhas de Santar Vinho do Contador 2008
Condessa de Santar 2008
Quinta de Pellada Primus 2007
Quinta de Pellada Jaen 1999
Quinta de Cabriz Escolha Virgilio Loureiro 2000
Quinta da Falorca Reserva 2003
Quinta da Falorca Garrafeira 2003
Alvaro Castro PAPE 2006
Quinta das Marias Touriga Nacional Reserva 2007
Quinta de Pellada Carrocel 2007