Alvaro Castro Red 2009, Doc Dão

Red Blend Red Blend
Dão, Portugal

$17.95 (285288)

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A spicy, floral nose on this peppery, fruity bombshell. Blueberries and violets are quite sensuous on the silky palate. Both aromatic and characterful. Inviting with notes sweet plum, lavender and plenty of fruit spice on the finish. Very distinctive of the Dao. A great date wine. Score: 89 (Sara d'Amato, WineAlign.com, May 2013)
89 pts
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June 22, 2013

Critic Reviews (3)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

One of my favorite producers in Dao returns. This pours deep ruby purple. The nose is very lifted, with an exotic...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Clean, ripe, fragrant, marked by expressive violet-floral aromas, rich, ripe but fresh black fruit, integrated wood...

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Sara d'Amato
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A spicy, floral nose on this peppery, fruity bombshell. Blueberries and violets are quite sensuous on the silky...

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Community Reviews (4)

David Brodati
David Brodati

Ok so I'm a bonehead. My local LCBO had this wonderful Dao discounted by $3.00 making an already excellent valued wine even more of a steal - and I only picked up one bottle! Mid ruby in the glass, this blend has a floral and fruity nose with licorice and herbal notes. The mouth swish reveals a spicy tang and a seam of acidity that offsets the concentrated fruit. It has a tannic edge, so decant or leave it for a power nap in the cellar. Good length with some heat on the finish. Very food friendly, particularly if you enjoy spicy chorizo topped pizza. Budget bottom dwellers rejoice! Nov. 2013

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Michael Valaitis
Michael Valaitis

Over delivers for price. Love the balance of fresh and dried, red and black fruits, richness and freshness, earthy dustiness and purity of region. Deep ruby with plum purple rim. Nose is complex and evolves with purple flowers, plums, currents, cherries and peppercorns all ground in a granite mortar and pestle. Palate is ripe, full, yet well cut with melting tannin and berry like acidity. Dusty cocoa and spice with soft fruit on lengthy finish. Decant or lay down for 3 years. Braised or tender meats with spice or rich sauces. Tasted Sept '13

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urotsukidoji
urotsukidoji

Very nice.

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Larry Isaacson
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