Porta Dos Cavaleiros Tinto

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Winemaker Notes

Bright red-garnet. On the nose, dried cherry, rose petal, tobacco, white pepper and flint. On the palate, elegant flavors of dried red berry and fresh Rainier cherry are at the core of a swirling combination of floral notes, mineral, pipe tobacco and forest floor. Balancing acidity and excellent length.

Wine Information

Porta dos Cavaleiros is Caves São João’s paean to the Dão. Using time-honored techniques and indigenous varietals, the Costa family has been a mainstay in Portuguese winemaking for the better part of a century. Caves São Joāo launched Porta dos Cavaleiros in the 1950s, capitalizing on long-standing agreements with growers in the Dāo. The reds utilize Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Jaen (Mencía), and the whites use Bical, Cercial, Malvasia and Encruzado. The Costa family’s notoriously steadfast approach, along with considerable resources available to them due to their long history in Portugal, allowed them to continue producing and cellaring wine in the Dão through a number of shifts in the market for these wines. As a result, we have access to perfectly aged, mature wines that are an amazing piece of Portugal’s viticultural history -pristine examples of mature wines with profound finesse and irreplicable complexity. Caves São Joao is the only winery in Portugal offering library releases of still wines commercially, with vintages going back to the 1950s.

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