Caves São João Porta dos Cavaleiros Dão Red Blend 1985

Ratings on Delectable

Kenny Baldridge Delectable Pro

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.

9.6

Brandon Sparks-Gillis Delectable Pro

Ethereal

Ethereal

9.4

Erich Broksas Delectable Pro

Early Mountain Vineyards

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

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

9.4

Charlie Abbott Delectable Pro

Sommelier Casa Mono

Very herbaceous, well-matured and quite special

Very herbaceous, well-matured and quite special

9.2

David Lieberman

Other than vintage port, this is the only Portuguese wine in the cellar. First encountered in a small wine shop in Vancouver BC about 5 or 6 years ago. I’m so happy to enjoy it again. Wonderfully mature, with a bouquet of forest floor, saddle leather, coffee... you get it. The wine is just where I want it to be. Low alcohol 12.5 percent or so. It’s just what happens when the winemaker builds a well defined structure that allows for graceful aging of an adolescent wine into something wizened, full of character.

Other than vintage port, this is the only Portuguese wine in the cellar. First encountered in a small wine shop in Vancouver BC about 5 or 6 years ago. I’m so happy to enjoy it again. Wonderfully mature, with a bouquet of forest floor, saddle leather, coffee... you get it. The wine is just where I want it to be. Low alcohol 12.5 percent or so. It’s just what happens when the winemaker builds a well defined structure that allows for graceful aging of an adolescent wine into something wizened, full of character.

9.0

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.

9.1

Dan Hess Delectable Pro

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.

9.2

Zachery Anderson

Wow that's f*cking dry. Great nose

Wow that's f*cking dry. Great nose

9.3

Montgomery Nathaniel

Tbd

Tbd

8.6

Laura Kushner

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

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

8.5

Location

  • 153 E 57th Street
    New York, NY 10022

  • Hours:
    Monday–Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
    Saturday, 12p.m. - 8 p.m.

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.