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Lagar de Darei Reserva
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16¼/20

Lagar de Darei Reserva 2012

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, and the family uses traditional vinification methods like their old cement lagares. This is a blend of higher altitude touriga nacional, tinta roriz, alfrocheiro, and jaen. After natural fermentation in granite lagares, this is basket pressed to 5000L cement for MLF and two years rest. Ripe, darker purple and black fruits are weighted with a pitchy resin, though still fresh with some acidity. Moderate alcohol, moderate body, subtle, but structural, this wine is drinking beautifully now with a decant.Tasted: 22 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: Portugal 15.25 Portugal Producer: Lagar de DareiBlend: Touriga Nacional - Tinta Roriz - Alfrocheiro - Jaen