Casa da Passarella was founded in 1892, before Dão was demarcated as a wine region in 1908, and are founders of the region. The Dão is south of The Douro Valley, inland towards the Spanish border. Passarella is in the Serra de Estrela - very high, cold, and poor soils in the 'mountain to the stars', the pass separating Portugal from Spain. The climate is Continental, at an altitude of 600 metres and allows for long hang times, resulting in sleek ripe tannins, excellent acidity and overall freshness.The mountains protect from continental extremes of temprature and also from drenching Atlantic rains. Handling is traditional, in concrete vats and large old wood, with fruit manually crushed. This is a dry pink blend of Touriga Nacional (90%) and Tinta Roriz, bled from skins, fermented dry and aged on lees 5 months in raw concrete. Filled with wild crackleberry herbs, this is an electric purpled-pink! Soft earthy berry fruit with a barbed edge. A sensational jangle and clatter of herbal cut clears any possibility of fruit cloy. Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition.