Caves São João

Porta dos Cavaleiros Dão Red Blend

9.016 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Dão, Beiras, Portugal
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Kenny Baldridge

It’s amazing what fifty bucks can get ya. Leather and spice and very nice fruit. Special stuff.

It’s amazing what fifty bucks can get ya. Leather and spice and very nice fruit. Special stuff.

Aug 19th, 2019
Brandon Sparks-Gillis

Ethereal

Jun 8th, 2016
Erich Broksas

Early Mountain Vineyards

9.4

This is fun. So much fruit for a 30 year old wine.

This is fun. So much fruit for a 30 year old wine.

Sep 3rd, 2015
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.2

Very herbaceous, well-matured and quite special

Very herbaceous, well-matured and quite special

Jun 16th, 2015
Peter Wassam

Opens up incredibly. Starts clunky and rubbish. But with a couple hours has a generous aroma of blackberry and spice and herbaceousness. But with loads of freshness still and an acidic lift.

Opens up incredibly. Starts clunky and rubbish. But with a couple hours has a generous aroma of blackberry and spice and herbaceousness. But with loads of freshness still and an acidic lift.

Nov 27th, 2016
Dan Hess

Delicate right off the bat -- I mean this is a bottle that, based on harvesting seasons, is older than one of the people who drank it... So our sommelier had to Ah-so it open and decant due to sediment but the resulting #wine was clean and clear... But that was just the start.

The beauty of this wine is that it started off highlighting the obvious things -- some ripe fruit and some earth, not quite integrated but just you wait, just you wait... And we did... We hung out with this wine for 2 hours and I swear, every 20 mins or so we found ourselves discovering a new element in the glass.

The moderate plus acidity suddenly blended in well with the fruit that resembled a creamy raspberry and strawberry texture that combined with a chalkiness of a forest floor covered in dried leaves and rocks.

It kept going...at times bumping up the pepper and then shrinking back into a light, rose petal-y drinker that made me happy. Needless to say, this thing ended pairing well with anything we had -- duck, charred octopus w molé (especially this), a funky version of spaghetti carbonara. Its age gave it versatility that it never realized it had.

Overall it's like a Grenache-based blend that managed to not only settle in and play well with its friends but also unexpectedly invited new kids to join in but only for a few minutes until they had to go back home.

Delicate right off the bat -- I mean this is a bottle that, based on harvesting seasons, is older than one of the people who drank it... So our sommelier had to Ah-so it open and decant due to sediment but the resulting #wine was clean and clear... But that was just the start.

The beauty of this wine is that it started off highlighting the obvious things -- some ripe fruit and some earth, not quite integrated but just you wait, just you wait... And we did... We hung out with this wine for 2 hours and I swear, every 20 mins or so we found ourselves discovering a new element in the glass.

The moderate plus acidity suddenly blended in well with the fruit that resembled a creamy raspberry and strawberry texture that combined with a chalkiness of a forest floor covered in dried leaves and rocks.

It kept going...at times bumping up the pepper and then shrinking back into a light, rose petal-y drinker that made me happy. Needless to say, this thing ended pairing well with anything we had -- duck, charred octopus w molé (especially this), a funky version of spaghetti carbonara. Its age gave it versatility that it never realized it had.

Overall it's like a Grenache-based blend that managed to not only settle in and play well with its friends but also unexpectedly invited new kids to join in but only for a few minutes until they had to go back home.

Mar 23rd, 2016
Zachery Anderson

Wow that's f*cking dry. Great nose

Wow that's f*cking dry. Great nose

Dec 10th, 2015
Montgomery Nathaniel

Tbd

Nov 21st, 2015
Laura Kushner

Yummy. Not my usual type, very French. Liked the smokiness.

Yummy. Not my usual type, very French. Liked the smokiness.

Aug 19th, 2015
Lance Montalto

Earthy and wonderfully fresh. Drinks fantastic still.

Earthy and wonderfully fresh. Drinks fantastic still.

Jun 11th, 2015