Quinta da Pellada 2012 - 95 pts Wine Advocate

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 Quinta da Pellada

 Dao - Portugal


The estate wine with just “Quinta da Pellada” on the front, was aged for 20 months in five-year-old French oak. It is a blend of 25% Jaen, 25% Touriga Nacional (from Vinha da Serra in Pellada), 25% Tinta Roriz and 25% old vines field blend. Just lovely, this fresh and elegant Pellada has subtle persistence and concentration. It seems a bit reticent on opening, but when retasted the next day, it not only didn’t fade, but it had hardly budged (until it received more aeration, at which point it began to improve notably). This won’t be the wine that makes you go “wow,” but at the end of the evening, it will be one of those that you want to drink the most. It is harmonious, lively and tasty, a nice Burgundy substitute. Quite approachable now, although unevolved, it should still age well. This is a fine example of the virtues of Alvaro Castro. If you’re looking for jammy, sweet blockbusters, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for an elegant wine that you can drink with a meal and that keeps offering new surprises along the way – stop here. It should acquire more complexity in the cellar. Drink now-2026.  (Wine Advocate)