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Lagar de Darei José
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Lagar de Darei José 2004

Dão, Northern Portugal, PortugalCasa de Darei is a third generation 150-hectare estate nestled in the Dão Valley, and belonging to the Ruivo family. Their 7ha of certified organic vineyards are planted to indigenous varieties. The 2004 José takes its name from José Ruivo, the founder of the winery. The 2004 vintage was an exceptional year for their vines, and this special bottling was not released until 2014, with only 1200 bottles to sell, to commemorate the winery's 15-year anniversary. This combination of touriga nacional, jaen, alfrocheiro, and tinta roriz was native fermented in old lagares before aging in French barrique and large concrete vats for six months, before all moving to concrete for two years. After bottling, this remained at winery for the long stint prior to release. Deep dark and brooding, with charcoal, tobacco, bitter chocolate and black cherry. Tannins are hard pressed, but the structure is kept upright and firm. Acidity easily holds this aloft through a medicinal scented wild cherry, warming finish. Very traditional, pulled into modern times.Tasted: 22 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingProducer: Lagar de DareiBlend: Touriga Nacional - Tinta Roriz - Alfrocheiro - JaenUPC: 5600374720549