HANDS ON EVIDENCIA – DAO NOW
The Dao, pronounced dow, wine appellation takes its name from the river of the same name that runs through the region. It is surrounded on three sides by high granite mountains sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean’s cool, moisture laden winds. The summers are long and warm and very Mediterranean, yet there is sufficient rainfall throughout the winter. The sandy soils are well drained. Over two thirds of the production is red, and while up to nine varietals are regularly planted, it is the Touriga Nacional grape that shines and produces the best wines. Sometimes referred to as Portugal’s Burgundy, not because of any physical similarity but because both have a similar wine style. Like red Burgundy, Dao doesn’t rely on power, but aims for subtlety and finesse supported by a natural acidity coming from the terroir. Quite a rich year, this Reserve 2016 vintage bottling has lots of floral notes and a rich texture. The tannins and black fruits combine together beautifully supported by a mineral texture and spice from oak aging. It has good aging potential, but is definitely enjoyable now with Churrasco – the Portugese term for grilled meats. Or how about a Mediterranean favourite, Moussaka? The list of awards garnered by this wine, longer than my wife’s weekend to-do list, is most impressive. To mention a few: 90 points and Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast; Berliner Gold Wine Trophy; Gold and Best Wine in Show by Country, London Wine Competition; Gold Selections Mondiales du Vin Canada.
2016 EVIDENCIA DAO RESERVA TOURIGA NACIONAL V15002, $16.95.