A top-shelf treat during lockdown

I had to think twice about parting with €39.95 for this bottle of Dão, but after a few weeks of not being able to go out for dinner due to the lockdown and with a nice ossobuco cooking slowly in the oven last Sunday, I decided that the expense was justified.

Being a big Dão fan and particularly fond of the wines from this producer, Carlos Lucas of Ribeiro Santo, I have had my eye on this bottle on the top shelf at Apolónia for a while.

What’s more, it is from the 2013 vintage, which is to Dão what 2011 is to Douro; the best vintage of recent years.

The wine is called Vinha da Neve (snow wine) as it is from the highest vineyards they have in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela. Made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinto Cão, this is a Dão of great depth and complexity, full bodied and powerful yet fresh. A truly outstanding wine and well worth staying in for.