ALR Duoro 2020

Producer: Casa de Mouraz
Region: Duoro
Country: Portugal
Classification: DOC
Wine Type: Red
Variety: Touriga-Franca, Tinta-Barroca, Tinta-Roriz, Touriga-Nacional, Sousão
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.4%
Residual Sugar: 0.6 g/L
Soil: Schist and clay
Farming Practices: Biodynamic
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Cellar Profile

Antonio Lopes Ribiero and Sara Dionisio left their steady jobs in the art world in Lisbon and moved back to Mouraz, Antonio’s birthplace where his family has had vineyards for many generations. The land had been farmed organically before, and that’s how Sara and Antonio wished to continue. Making wine in their tiny winery, adjacent to the local village church and just a stone’s throw away from the house Antonio was born in, they have deep generational ties to their village, Mouraz, and its terroir. In the cellar, there is a marriage of old and traditional, with modern approaches. Gentle pressings, natural yeast starters, long lees contact in the wine and minimal handling are the time-honored practices. Stainless steel tanks with temperature control and pneumatic presses represent the modern improvements. The results are clear: fresh and pleasurable wines with pure expressions of the older grape vines from which they were sourced and distinct transparency to the terroir they have grown up on.


Named after the river which runs throughout the Iberian peninsula before entering the Atlantic Ocean, the Douro region is best known for producing the fortified wine, Port. The past few decades have seen an uptick in the quantity and quality of unfortified wines, usually falling under the DOC Douro designation. The region’s vast array of native grapes are the ingredients for both Port and their unfortified counterparts, most notably Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) for reds, and Gouveio, Rabigato, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho for whites. The climate here is hot and dry, with steep terraced vineyards combining to produce extremely ripe grapes and subsequently full-flavoured, high alcohol wines.


From 3 different vineyard plots in Castelo Melhor (Douro Superior), all farmed biodynamically. These vines are 40-60 years old and are planted in schist soil with traces of clay. The rocky slopes have excellent drainage and the cool evenings help moderate the heat of the day to maintain balance.


A blend of primarily Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with Sousão and Tinta Barroca. Touriga Franca is the most widely planted grape in the Douro Valley and, along with Touriga Nacional, is considered among the finest of all Port grapes. It exhibits abundant aromatics and fruit character. Touriga Nacional, the king of Port grapes, is also gaining notoriety for its ability to create full-flavoured, firmly structured red wines. Its small berries result in hugely tannic wines that have an unrivaled ability to age. Sousão adds a rusticity and raisin character to blends.


After a strict selection in the vines, the grapes were transported in small boxes to the winery. Traditional foot treading in “lagar” and fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged in stainless steel tank for 12 months before being bottled in September 2021.

Tasting Notes 

Born in schist slopes, among rocks, rock roses, thyme and rosemary flowers, it has an intense bouquet of red fruits, plum and rosemary. On the palate, it shows lively character, with ripe and firm tannins and a spicy finish. Pure, authentic, complex and elegant, the perfect expression of a landscape which is World Heritage of Humanity! Pair with lamb, veal or strong cheeses.