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Pedra Cancela, Dão Encruzado “Vinha da Fidalga”Dão, Portugal 2019 (750mL)

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Pedra Cancela, Dão Encruzado “Vinha da Fidalga” Dão, Portugal 2019 (750mL)

“Grown on a plateau in sandy granite soils, this textured white from the Encruzado grape is serious business—a Portuguese white for Burgundy lovers!”

The Dão, like Vinho Verde, has mostly granitic soils, but it is further inland, with altitudes climbing past 1,000 meters in the Serra da Estrela, the highest mainland mountain range in Portugal. This is a more “continental” climate, with wider diurnal temperature swings, and Encruzado is a noble white variety to complement the region’s equally famous reds. The variety has the structure to undergo barrel fermentation and aging, giving the wines more voluptuous textures relative to the crisp, racy wines of the coast.

The Pedra Cancela wines are part of a wide-ranging lineup produced by a firm called Lusovini, which is headquartered in the Dão region but produces wines from most of Portugal’s other key appellations. João Paolo Gouveia, an agricultural engineer and professor, oversees the Pedra Cancela vineyards and winery, with help in the cellar from enologist Sónia Martins. 

The wine displays a bright yellow-gold core moving to a silvery rim, with aromas of white peach, salted lemon, yellow apple, fresh cream, and a hint of smoke. It was aged briefly in used oak barrels, and subjected to bâtonnage (lees-stirring), which lends silkiness to the texture. Fleshy on the mid-palate but crisp and mineral on the finish.

  • CountryPortugal
  • RegionDão
  • Sub-RegionCarregal do Sal
  • SoilSand & Granite
  • BlendEncruzado
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakUsed French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2025
  • Decanting15 Minutes
  • PairingSalt Cod, Chickpea & Egg Salad

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