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Quinta das Bágeiras, Garrafeira Tinto Bairrada, Portugal 2016 (750mL)
Quinta das Bágeiras crafts classical wines that use very traditional winery practices passed down over three generations. They adopt a minimalist approach, producing wines as naturally as possible so that they express the terroir they come from. This bottling is 100% Baga, one of those unique grape varieties that remains a well-guarded secret by those in the know. It’s the signature red grape of the Bairrada, an appellation in northern Portugal that fans out toward the Atlantic coast. The 2016 Garrafeira Tinto is sourced from vines that are well over a century old. This is an authentic snapshot of the Bairrada—a masterclass in “old-school” Baga! With a Bordeaux-like nose, this effort has the elegance of Burgundy, and the structure of Piemontese Nebbiolo; there’s no possible way anyone could mistake this for anything other than a European red. It dazzles with dried currants, dried plum, black cherry, dried rose petals, mushroom, scrub, cedar box, vintage leather, and subtle exotic spices. This a slow-building powerhouse. It’s big, structured, imposing, but supremely graceful, with a meaty palate, and herbal savor. The palate delivers a wine of finesse, astonishing lift, and firm grip, which further confirms the wine will age for multiple decades.
- SoilClay & Limestone
- OakFermented and aged in the same old wooden tonels.
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stems
Through the grapevine
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