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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Quinta de Saes Reserva Estágio Prolongado 2007

16.0 / 20
Producer: Álvaro de Castro
Region: Dão
Country: Portugal

Our contribution to WBW#75 is a single vineyard red from the Dão, from a producer with a great track record (checkout Carrocel or Pellada Touriga Nacional for other great wines).

This one comes from old vines at Quinta de Saes and was staged in oak for 14 months (hence the name Estágio Prolongado, which translates to english as long duration stage) and has a a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass.

At first, the nose is very floral (with rockroses and violets) and showing notes of oak and toast. A bit hidden at first, it slowly opens and reveals some really nice dark wild berries.

At once delicate and structured in the palate - not uncommon in the best Dão wines - it's still the flowery side that marks the taste, combined with some toast/coffee from the oak. Fresh, still with a good deal of acidity, it feels a bit closed in the mouth but, as in the nose, it opens up to a more black fruit approach. Finish is elegant and persistent.

This is still a very young wine and one that will certainly grow for some years in the bottle. If you choose to open it right now, give it a couple of hours in the decanter so it has time to properly open up.

Tasted on 2012-03-21

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