Quinta Das Marias Encruzado 2011, Dão

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Dão, Portugal

$16.95 (364802)

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February 15, 2014

Critic Reviews (3)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a very fine and rich, complex and flavourful Portuguese white that offers outstanding value. Encruzado is one...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Encruzado is one of the more dynamic native whites of Portugal, mindful of muscat with leanings to viognier and...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Always excited to see an encruzado make it to the shelves at the LCBO. Unfortunately, this has been over-sulphured...

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Community Reviews (1)

Neil Phillips
Neil Phillips

A more obscure grape varietal - Encruzado (Salgueirinho) - from Portugal, this deserves a try if only for that.

Very pale yellow, almost clear.

On the nose, fresh hay, cut grass, wet chalk. The fruit isn't very prevalent, though after some time it opens up to reveal yellow plums.

On the palate, the 14% alcohol is fairly well balanced. Creamy and lush in the mouth, with tart stone fruit and a hint of white pepper. Finish shorter than I expected (short+), the most lingering aspect being bitter almond. The fruit is stronger in tasting, leaning to tropical - but a bit more fruit would be appreciated for complexity.

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