Vinho Branco, 2017. Jardim Da Estrela

Vinho Branco, 2017. Jardim Da Estrela

Item #: V0519W2IP
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Vinho Branco
Vineyard/Appellation: D.O.C. Dao, Portugal
Color: Deep Gold
Nose: Jasmine, Musk, Clove
Palate: Dense Floral
Finish: Very Long, with Lingering Spice
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Seafood, Fowl, Light Meats/13.0 % Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection comes from Magnum Carlos Lucas in Portugal's Dao region. Carlos Lucas founded the winery in 2011, after nearly 20 years of winemaking experience and earning a Portuguese Winemaker of the Year award in 2007. Jardim da Estrela is named after the highest mountain range in the country, Serra da Estrela, located nearby.

The Dao is a fascinating region. It is in the northern center of Portugal, surrounded by mountains. These mountains provide the finest soil for growing grapes. As a result, the government took over the management of the area and decreed that grapes could only be grown and processed there by co-operatives. The upshot of this was that all of the wines ended up tasting the same: boring and uninteresting. So, when this failed experiment came to an end, there was an opportunity for winemakers like Carlos to show the world what the Dao was capable of.

Our selection is an example of Carlos's vision. It is a blend of Malvasia, which is normally made in a sweeter wine, and Encruzado, a uniquely Portuguese grape grown nowhere else in the world.

The result is a stunning rendition of traditional and modern winemaking. Here are two ancient grapes expertly joined to produce a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The unmistakable hints of jasmine and musk emanate from the glass and form heavenly floral and spice flavors on the palate and in your memory.