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2017 Pinha Ribeiro Santo Dao Reserva

Carlos Lucas - "Ella Baila La Portuguesa"
July 30, 2021


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Carlos Luca

One could make the point that the wines of each country share a defining character. For France, it is a creamy texture. For Italy, it is a vibrant acidity. For Portugal, I would say it is a note of black pepper, especially as the wines age. The 2017 Pinha Ribeiro Santo Dao Reserva  is a textbook example -" she dances the Portuguese."

Carlos Lucas has been working all his life to capture the essence of wines produced in the mountainous Dao region of Portugal. This wine displays rich black fruit with a pepper and spicy profile balanced with good acidity. The grapes are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Afrocheiro, which are typical of the area and have a long, long history.

The vineyards are on granite soil with large rocks at high elevation with a considerable diurnal temperature variation. This is all very good for the proper phenolic maturation of the grapes. The grapes are hand-harvested and have an extended maceration followed by aging in French oak.

We get all of this for a great price because Portugal is still a minor player in the American market. None of us think it should be, but it is. Meanwhile, Carlos continues to make great wine and waits for us to discover it.

2017 Pinha Ribeiro Santo Reserva Dao Tinto: Deep red. Blackberry, plum with spring flowers, black pepper, and spicy profile. Good volume and structure with harmony between tannins, acidity, and oak. Persistent, round finish. Very Good Plus to Excellent 16.99/bottle


Special case: 12 bottles of the above for a special price of $179.88(14.99/bottle)


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