Casa de Santar Dao Red Reserva 2008

Red Blends from Portugal

$27.00 $19.99
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Item No. 123228
  • red wine
  • WE93
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS85

Winemaker's Notes

The Reserva is the jewel of the Casa de Santar portfolio. This deep colored wine has attractive aromas of chocolate, smoke, raisins and warm fruits, with a distinctively spicy edge. Velvety on the palate, its brilliant blackberry-like flavors are accented with notes of roasted coffee, herbs and tobacco. The creamy texture is lush, the finish earthy and satisfying.

Critical Acclaim

"The historic vineyard of Casa de Santar in the heart of the Dao region has produced a dense and powerful offering, with rich tannins and black fruits. Its intense, solid blackberry and spice flavors are followed by acidity, contributing complexity. Cellar Selection."
93 Points

"The 2008 Reserva (Casa De Santar) is a blend of Touriga Nacional (40%), Alfrocheiro (25%) and Tinta Roriz (35%), aged for 12 months in new French oak. In some comparisons, I’ve liked the current Tinto release as much as the oakier, less evolved Reserva release of the moment, but not this year. This adds a layer of depth and more solidity to the mid-palate. It also has far better structure. It then retains the same elegant sensibilities. While neither an obvious nor a "wow" wine, it is beautifully constructed, impeccably balanced and likely to develop well in the cellar even though it is very nice now as well. As time goes on, it might separate more from the regular Tinto, but it is a bit too oak-tinged at the moment, typical for how it shows when young and as a new release."
90 Points

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J Maccord - Portland, OR (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
This is a bold, in your face, red. Not for beginners! It was rich, complex with tannins being a little forward, otherwise fairly balanced.
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Style: Big & Bold
The wine was hard at first, very tannic which hid the fruit. It took more than 1/2 hour for it to open up but really only after taken with food did this wine really flourish. Not for the wimpy drinker. Although I'm liberal with combination of wine and food, this one needs meat as a compliment, even spicy.
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Learn About Casa de Santar

Associated to Paco dos Cunhas de Santar is Sociedade Agrícola de Santar, a manor house of the XVII and XVIIi Centuries. Surrounded by hedges, boxwoods and labyriths of flowers, is a perfectly preserved cellar. Built in granite, with its historical tiles, it houses in an ancient environment, the most modern and advanced technologies. Top quality wines are produced here, in a 400...

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Learn About Portugal

Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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