Look at the label of this Dão red wine, and there is a cricket (in Portuguese a grilo) lurking in one corner. Perfumed, deeply colored, this is a blend of Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. With flavors of new wood, raisins and dried prunes, this is a great, fruity wine that combines tannins with its powerful, ripe fruit flavors. Oenologist Carlos Moura, part of the dynamic team that runs Dão Sul and Quinta do Cabriz, shows the modern side of the region with a wine that has juicy red berries, mint, spice and a well-integrated, polished wood character. A powerful but balanced wine.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.