Alvaro Castro Quinta Da Pellada  2011 750ml
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Alvaro Castro Quinta Da Pellada 2011

Alvaro Castro - Dao - Portugal

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2011 Tinto Quinta Da Pellada, i.e., 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...
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Winery: Alvaro Castro

Vintage: 2011

The year 2011 was an interesting year for many northern and central European countries, as the weather was more than unpredictable in the spring and summer. However, in most countries, the climatic conditions thankfully settled down in the late summer and fall. The result of this slightly difficult year of weather in France was a set of surprisingly small yields, but overall, these yields were of a higher quality than those harvested in certain previous years. A fantastic set of wines was also made in Italy and Spain, and the Rioja wines - when released - are set to be very good indeed. Austria also had superb year in 2011, with almost fifty percent more grapes being grown and used for their distinctive Gruner Veltliner wines than in the year before. Possibly the European country which had the finest 2011, though, was Portugal, with wineries in the Douro region claiming this year to be one of the best in decades for the production of Port wine, and the bright, young Vinho Verdes wines. In the New World, the Pacific Northwest saw some of the best weather of 2011, and Washington State and Oregon reportedly had a highly successful year, especially for the cultivation of high quality red wine grapes. Chile and Argentina had a relatively cool year, which certainly helped retain the character of many of their key grape varietals, and should make for some exciting drinking. South Africa had especially good weather for their white wine grape varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and many South African wineries are reporting 2011 as one of their best years in recent memory.

Country: Portugal

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.