The Casa de Mouraz Dao Branco 2017 is made by husband and wife team Antonio Lopes Ribeiro and Sara Dionisio in the Dao region of Portugal. They have a handful of vineyards throughout the region where they practice organic and biodynamic viticulture. They make a number of different wines made from the well known grapes of the region, Touriga-Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), and Alvarinho. What caught our attention was their Branco, a white wine made from a field blend of grapes that we know nothing about. Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina, Bical, Cerceal-Branco, Rabo-de-Ovelha, Fernao-Pires, Uva-Cao, Siria and the list goes on. It’s like a Portuguese version of Deiss’s Altenberg de Bergheim, both interesting and delicious and developing into a real beauty.
Tasting note: This Branco is a pretty distinct tasting wine, made field blend style from the grapes listed above. Look closely at the label and you’ll see all their names. The flavor and aromas are tangy and nutty with lemons, limes, pineapples, peaches and dried herbs. The wine is medium bodied with high acidity, and a long, appetizing finish. This 2017 is developing nicely, fresh and vibrating with some light oxidative, almond flavors. Another ten years will do this Branco good.