From the Wine Shop
Campolargo, Bairrada Tinto Bairrada, Portugal 2016 (750mL)
It seems like a disproportionate amount of our bandwidth has been devoted to Portuguese wines lately, and for good reason: There’s a flood of great wine, at great prices, coming out of Portugal right now. The ethereal beauty and earthy soul of Campolargo’s Baga comes from the winning combination of mellow, just-ripe fruit, savory minerality, and high-toned rose petal perfume, on top of beautiful structure and a wave of salty acidity. In other words, for all the Nebbiolo lovers out there, today’s delicious wine is like Portugal’s answer to Barbaresco or Barolo.
If you want to do this gorgeous wine justice, you have two options: let it age for a while longer (for reference, the 2013 is drinking impeccably these days), or give it a nice long decant followed by an enthusiastic swirl in a large Burgundy stem. Baga really shows its best when its rustic tannins have had time to mellow, and a bit of aeration will bring out the haunting beauty in this wine. If you love the powerful structure and savory character of a great Barolo, you’re going to adore this Baga, especially considering the price. Medium in body, it’s so fragrant, with a really appealing richness that’s balanced by a briny saline character. The mellow, dark plummy fruit, which is lively but not overtly ripe, is scented with rose petal, tart wild berries, fennel, spice, forest floor, damp tree bark, and wild underbrush, underlined by an attractive green herbal/vegetal character. Firm tannins and pronounced acidity carry the wine from start to finish.
- OakNeutral Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareLarge Burgundy Stems
- Decanting30 Minutes
- PairingPortuguese Braised Pork & Clams
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