NEW! Druida Encruzado Reserva, Dao, Portugal 2017

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NEW! Druida Encruzado Reserva, Dao, Portugal 2017

26.95

The nerd in us doesn’t want to like this wine, because it tastes remarkably similar to a Meursault, and that conflicts with our pretentious desire for authenticity (a Portuguese wine should taste Portuguese!), but it also manages to express the grape variety, Encruzado, very clearly in its oatmeal, lemon and sourdough notes, so we have graciously decided to forgive it, which is just as well, because it’s absolutely delicious! Lucia and I both nominated this as our ‘Wine of the Day’ after tasting well over 300 wines at the London Wine Fair. Hand-picked from 85 year-old vines. Wild ferment in barrel. Aged in 10% new and 90% second-fill oak for 11 months. 13% alc. Drink now-2025.

Most recent press reviews (previous vintages):

Jancis Robinson (on the 2014 vintage): “Smoky, mealy lemon and quince fruit and just a little cedary. Gorgeous balance of high grapefruit acidity with the mealy rich texture thanks to the barrel ferment. Classic and long-living Encruzado. Drink 2017-2025.” 17.5 points

The Wine Advocate (on the 2015 vintage): “The 2015 Encruzado Reserva Druida is all Encruzado from 40-year-old vines, aged for 10 months in mostly (80%) used French oak of varying ages, the rest new. It comes in at 13% alcohol. This is a gorgeous young Encruzado. Concentrated and tightly wound, this is already absorbing its wood and should increasingly do so rather easily. The fruit underneath seems pretty terrific, but it is still young and unevolved. Tense and lingering, this is very pretty and age-worthy. It should age about 10 years from vintage date, said winemaker Nuno Mira do Ó, although he noted that his first was the 2012, so there isn't a lot of track record. Still, the grape ages well, the acidity is excellent and I'm optimistic. It may do better. Drink 2017-2025.” 92 points

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