Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Pedra Cancela Seleccao do Enologo Tinto 2016, Dão, Portugal

The Dão region in the heart of Portugal is a special region. It is surrounded by mountains, including the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain on mainland Portugal. Historians have said that Portugal’s most famous grape, Touriga Nacional, was born in the Dão. Other indigenous red grapes of the region include Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz. These are the three grapes blended to create the Pedra Cancela Seleccao do Enologo Tinto 2016, Dão, Portugal, the Please The Palate wine of the week.

Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz are grown in granitic, sandy soils. The grapes are fermented and aged for six months in French oak. The resulting wine is a ruby red color with intense aromas of red and black fruits, plum, violets and hints of cocoa and coffee. On the palate, the wine is elegant yet structured. It is fresh with soft tannins and acidity.

This wine is easy and enjoyable to drink. It is not overpowered by oak or by fruit. It is a wine that is ready to drink now or can age for a few more years. This is a wine to pair with red meats and soft cheeses. To top it all off, the price will blow you away! The Pedra Cancela Seleccao do Enologo Tinto 2016, Dão, Portugal retails for $10! It is almost a crime that this wine is so inexpensive but take advantage and order by the case because this is a wine you can enjoy every day.