Quinta de Saes/Quinta de Pellada

Alvaro Castro is a true original in the world of wine and his two estates (separate properties, but the same wines are bottled under both names) are among the leaders of this appellation set on a high plateau between mountain ranges. The Pellada estate dates back to the 16th century and wine was made there until 1945, when the family reverted to selling to the local co-op. Alvaro took control in 1989 and established the winery at Saes and has been building a reputation for both red and white wines of great complexity and aging potential ever since.

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Available Wines

Quinta de Pellada 2011 Carrocel (Dao) (6 x 750)

This is Alvaro’s peak cuvée of the Dão’s signature Touriga Nacional grape. A magnificently endowed yet balanced wine with the aromatic stature of a great Côte Rôtie. Vin de garde of the highest imaginable class.

Quinta de Saes 2012 Reserva Red, Estagio Prolongado (Dao)

Alvaro makes a dizzying number of singular upper-level wines, such is his curiosity about the potential of his different parcels and varietals. This is “merely” his reserve red, and it represents a palpable step up from the cheerfulness of his other cuvées above into the realm of serious” red wine. As such, it offers great value, like everything he does.

Quinta de Saes 2012 Reserva White (Dao)

While Encruzado does the heavy lifting in this imaginative blend, the Cercial adds some attractive bottom notes and textural intrigue. Not better or worse than the Encruzado e below, but satisfyingly different.

Quinta de Saes 2013 Colheita Red (Dao)

(40% Tinta Roriz, 60% Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro)  The granite soil which lies at the base of all of of the Saes/Pellada estate expresses itself here. The fruit is similar to that of the 2012 Saes, but it’s a finer wine due to the interplay with the soil elements.

Quinta de Saes 2013 Colheita White (Dao)

Alvaro does a long, slow fermentation on his whites and then 2 months of batonnage to add volume to their mineral-base. The results are stirring (pun intended). Citrus and passion fruit aromas and an almost Veltliner-like spice make for a compelling entry level white from the estate, with an almost indecent degree of minerality.

Quinta de Saes 2013 Encruzado Reserva (Dao)

We tasted an older example of this wine (from 2005) and found a kinship to Chablis. Even in its youth, it is minerally, but there’s more fruit in these relatively ripe vintages, and over time it will blend into the minerality until they are inseparable – supple and flinty at once. Encruzado will make the reputation of Dão as a great white region, without a doubt.

Quinta de Saes 2013 Reserva Red, Estagio Prolongado (Dao)

Alvaro makes a dizzying number of singular upper-level wines, such is his curiosity about the potential of his different parcels and varietals. This is “merely” his reserve red, and it represents a palpable step up from the cheerfulness of his other cuvées above into the realm of serious” red wine. As such, it offers great value, like everything he does.

Quinta de Saes 2015 Encruzado Reserva (Dao)

We tasted an older example of this wine (from 2005) and found a kinship to Chablis. Even in its youth, it is minerally, but We tasted an older example of this wine (from 2005) and found a kinship to Chablis. Even in its youth, it is minerally, but there’s more fruit in these relatively ripe vintages, and over time it will blend into the minerality until they are inseparable – supple and flinty at once. Encruzado will make the reputation of Dão as a great white region, without a doubt.

Quinta de Saes 2015 Saes Red (Dao)

Since the introductory vintage of 2008, this wine has established itself as a runaway best-seller, offering as it does a matchless blend of sheerly delicious and generous fruit handled with Alvaro Castro’s innate sense of style.