Medium-light bodied, dark fruited Portuguese blend, with black cherries and slight, raspy tannin.
Varietal(s): 70% Jaen (Mencia), 20% Rufete, 10% Touriga Nacional
Nose: Ripe red fruit, cherry, blackberry, forest floor, mushroom
Palate: Black cherry, plum skin, blackberry and currants, some slate, light chalky tannins. Medium-light bodied, but dark fruited. Medium-high acid
Winemaking Notes: Spontaneous fermentation, aged on lees for 6 months in stainless steel. Unfined, unfiltered
Producer Notes: Joao Tavares de Pina is a bon vivant winemaker in the Dao region, farming 40ha (13 of which are dedicated to wine) with biodynamic practices. He grows a great deal of cover crops, mainly chamomile and lavender, uses no chemical inputs, and has a carbon-neutral facility, self-sustained with photo-voltaic cells
Area Notes: Dao is located just south of the Douro valley, named after the Dao river which winds through the tough, crystalline granite soils of the area. Granite mountains surround the region to the north, east and south, creating a protected area that is mild, consistent and rather homogeneous in climate. Most vineyards are high altitude, along the slopes of the foothills, allowing greater diurnal range