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Pegos Claros 'Pallmela Reserva' Castelao 2018
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Wine Advocate 93
"Tightly wound, concentrated, and firm on the finish, this is superb in this tough vintage This lacks for nothing in structure, concentration and flavor Its a fine value.

The Wine
100% Castelo sourced from 70-year old vines planted in pure & deep sand fermented in concrete lagar with 30% stems over 8 days raised for 12-14 months in used 225L and 500L French barrels

The Estate
Trivia question: for decades, this was ... read more
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Shelf Location — 107d
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:13.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#53982
Location at store:107d
Item Description
Wine Advocate 93
"Tightly wound, concentrated, and firm on the finish, this is superb in this tough vintage This lacks for nothing in structure, concentration and flavor Its a fine value.

The Wine
100% Castelo sourced from 70-year old vines planted in pure & deep sand fermented in concrete lagar with 30% stems over 8 days raised for 12-14 months in used 225L and 500L French barrels

The Estate
Trivia question: for decades, this was the most widely-planted variety in Portugal, covering a vast and productive swath from the south up to the west-central Atlantic coast. Since 2004 its surface has halved to see it overtaken by more-familiar names like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). What is it? Youd be forgiven if the answer, Castelo, doesnt ring a bell. Loved (and perhaps abused by) growers for its ability to adapt to almost any conditions and, with a bit of irrigation, yield a prodigious crop of pleasantly innocuous blending material, it never attained a real fine-wine reputation as it requires a rare mix of perfect terroir, low yields, and sensitive handling to strut its full stuff as a world-class red.

Thankfully, weve found a terrific estate that checks all those boxes. Were thrilled to introduce Pegos Claros!
Founded in 1920 in the Setbal Peninsula southeast of Lisbon, Pegos Claros is an insiders secret for the unique quality of its Castelo. Most of the estates ground is given over to cork oak and pine forest, but its grapevines are a treasure trove of venerable Castelo likely without parallel: thirty solid hectares planted in the 1920s and the 1950s in a meter of sandy topsoil. In an average year, these unirrigated elders yield just 20 hectoliters per hectare of small-berried goodness.

Consulting enologist since 2012 is Bernardo Cabral, known to us from his stellar work at the Pico co-op in the Azores. Hes working with characteristic attention to detail here and producing captivating and affordable expressions of this unique raw material. Theres a light-touch entry-level red called Claro, as well as a gutsier reserva bottling which provides meaty depths without insensitive oak application sadly common to Portuguese reserva reds. Dont miss these
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