“Once Portugal’s most famous red, Dao is now softer, fruitier, and very much back in fashion.”
The 2012 carries a Concours Mondial De Bruxelles gold medal win with layers of spicy, red-fruit flavors.
Dao is one of Portugal’s oldest regions, yet only 5% of the land is planted to vines. Grapes in the region are known for their excellent acidity, ideal for producing bright-fruited reds.
In Portuguese, ‘giesta’ means “broom,” and is a reference to the region’s prolific wild shrub, easily identified by its long, yellow flowers.
“My family has been making wine for four generations. Thanks to their passion and to the sense of responsibility they engendered, I inherited the love of Dao wines and became a winemaker. I selected our very best traditional grape varieties for this wine: Touriga-Nacional from our Estate chosen for its ripe floral character and Tinta-Roriz and Jaen for their fruit and spice. This wine has a wonderful natural freshness, with floral highlights and a succulent, ripe red fruit palate. Elegant tannins make this wine very easy to drink and help to provide a long, fruity finish to the wine.”
Touriga Nacional (port grape) 32% | Tinta Roriz (tempranillo) 45% | Jaen (mencia) 23%
Fresh raspberry and cherry, with distinctive floral and spice aromas.
Succulent, red-berry fruit, subtle oak, and elegant tannins. Long fruity finish with hints of savory spice.
Recommended with slow cooked pork dishes. I opted to pair with the savory essence of rosemary and fennel spiced Copper River Salmon. The delicate fruit and elegant savory finish resulted in an excellent combination.