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Julia Kemper
Dão Tinto Reserva

Julia Kemper - Dão Tinto Reserva - 750ml bottle

Julia Kemper
Dão Tinto Reserva

Justly famous for potent Port and age-mellowed Tawnies, Portugal best-kept secret is her wonderful dry table wines. Many come from the Douro Valley where ports are made, but this white hails from Dão, a mountainous area with moderate climate and high quality schist and granite soils, and a long tradition...
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Justly famous for potent Port and age-mellowed Tawnies, Portugal best-kept secret is her wonderful dry table wines. Many come from the Douro Valley where ports are made, but this white hails from Dão, a mountainous area with moderate climate and high quality schist and granite soils, and a long tradition of grape growing. Under the authoritarian regime of António Salazar, Dão growers were forced to give their grapes to co-operatives for wine-making, causing the industry to stagnate. Not so now, and many of the best wines come from venerable family estates like this one. Julia Kemper is a vivacious lawyer who’s energetically championed her fine wines in export markets. Native red grapes Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, and Jaen forge this muscular red that is impressively integrated after 8 years of bottle age. Dao’s powerful granitic terroir speaks eloquently as well, in the form of firm tannins and a glinting mineral edge. The finish is teasingly long and serious. I tasted many newer vintages of this wine with Julia when I was last in Dão, and they are stunning. Drink a glass alone just to reflect on the many facets of this wine, or pair with a rich roast.

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