Quinta da Pellada Jaen<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This 100% Jaen wine is a showstopper that any lover of the world’s greats will cherish, and a great window into the historic style of Dão winemaking.
RATING HISTORY:2016 92WA, 2015 93WA, 2014 91WA, 2011 92 WA
GRAPE:100% Jaen picked from the old field blend of Quinta da Pellada vineyard.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The fresh red fruit and delicate aromatics of the Quinta da Pellada Jaen pair very well with roast poultry and game. Mushrooms and other umami-laden dishes are also fine pairs.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Their use of their classic vinification with manual harvest and natural yeast.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Quinta da Pellada is located in the northern part of the Dão, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite, with lines of sand and quartz at 500m (1640 ft) elevation. The Dão has a temperate continental climate, protected from the cold winds of the Atlantic by the Luso Mountains, from the warm winds of Extremadura to the west by the Sierra da Estrela, and from the arid heat of the Douro by the Serra do Caramulo. Average temperature in the growing season is 57F (14C). Rainfall is 26 inches per annum, with no irrigation.
TASTING NOTES:"Lighter, sharper and crisper, more delicate. The red fruit is less obvious, while the mid-palate finesse seems even better. The texture leans more to silk than velvet. Overall, I loved the freshness here, which makes this a perfect food wine. Here, the strawberry tart nuance emphasizes that "tart" part. Many will adore its sunny and graceful demeanor." - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate
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