STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Pegos Claros Estate has been producing quality wines since 1920. In the 1990’s it became renowned for some of the best wines produced in DOC Palmela. They use traditional methods, manual harvesting, foot treading in open lagar, oak ageing and using exclusively old vines.
The 2016 Reserva Vinhas Velhas 100% Castelão aged for one year in well used French oak. It comes in at 13.8% alcohol. The "old vines" designation on the back label means 70+ years here. Fairly powerful and intensely flavorful (Castelão can be a flamboyant grape), this seems more concentrated than one would think and it finishes with a little tannic pop even at this late date. For the price, this is a steal, a terrific bargain considering both its structure and fruit quality. Mark Squires The Wine Advocate 92/100 Points