Mary Taylor - Lucia Ferreira Dao Branco 2020
35% Encruzado, 32% Malvasia Fina, 19% Bical, 14% Gouveio.
Yikes! Thankfully, Ms. Taylor provides the perfect background – “Encruzado is predominantly grown here in the Dão – a sturdy white with good acid structure and minerality. Malvasia Fina has smokey and waxy charm which comes through on the nose in this wine. Bical is quite fruity and can get tropical if not picked early. Gouveio, more widely planted in the Alentejo region, gives a nuance of anise and white flower.”
View from the Cellar: 92 Points
“The 2020 Dão Branco from Lúcia Ferreira is crafted from a cépages of twenty-five percent Encruzado, thirty-two percent Malvasia Fina, nineteen percent Bicoal and fourteen percent Gouveio. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel. The 2020 version is drinking beautifully today, delivering a refined bouquet of white peach, fresh lime, a touch of casaba melon, white soil tones, gentle floral tones and a hint of beeswax in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, fine soil undertow and grip and a long, well balanced and very classy finish. This is an excellent wine that still has years and years of life ahead of it. 2023-2040+.” - John Gilman View From the Cellar
Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points
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