Castello D'Alba Reserve Red 2014
Grapes from vines planted in the Douro Superior, with an average altitude of 300 meters from vineyards with an average age of about 20 years, usually planted in terraces with predominant exposure East / North. We look for a selection of grapes that will allow us to obtain a more concentrated wine, very aromatic and rich with good structure, gourmet
character and representing the terroir of the Douro Superior, with its very elegant notes of rock rose and black fruit and spices.
Manual harvest, full destemming and immediately crushed, the grapes are fermented by grape variety and by blends, to make a rigorous selection process which will give the better blend, very traditional, old world, reveals the art of selecting grapes per plot and the art of selecting wines to fill later. Fermentation is done in stainless steel vats of small capacity, with temperatures around 28 ºC. Controlled and smooth macerations in order to get elegant and aromatic wines. Part of the blend matures in French oak predominantly over a period of 12 months, with a small percentage of American oak.
Very complex, intense aroma with the Touriga Franca conveying wild berries and rock rose. Spices and red fruit from the Tinta Roriz and very fresh and elegant floral notes of violet from the Touriga Nacional. 12 months ageing in American and French barrels give the wine the mature touches of a great Douro wine with a modern and international profile. Sweet and full on the palate, with very soft, polished tannins and a long, warm finish.
Store and serve advices
Storage Lying down at a temperature of 15°C. Serve at a temperature of 16°C to 18ºC.
Serve with game, cod and Mediterranean cuisine.
Reviews and Awards
- Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2011)
- Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2013 (2011)
- Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 (2009)
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