2012 Luis Pato Vinho Tinto Beiras

SKU #1245869

Produced from Baga and Touriga Nacional grapes from different vineyards in Beiras, Luis Pato's entry-level red is loaded with character and offers terrific value as well as some really distinctive, specific flavors. The Bairrada and Beiras regions are cool, and the climate is influenced by the Atlantic. Soils are composed of clay with interspersed limestone. There is an acidity and tannic structure that is quite different from the rich, ripe wines of its more famous, warmer, northerly neighbor, the Douro. Luis Pato is making some of the most interesting wines on the Iberian peninsula, including this wonderful, affordably priced example of his beloved Baga grape blended with Touriga Nacional. Very intense, dark-fruited aromas lead to more of the same on the palate: dark fruits with hints of violets and a definite savory character. While the price is easy on the wallet, this is no simple wine. It may confuse those looking for a more fruit-forward weeknight sipper, but will reward anyone who can handle some tannins and rusticity. Highly recommended. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese and Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Pato’s 2012 Luis Pato Vinho Tinto Beiras explores the gamut of expression the Baga grape is capable of — deep ruby saturation of color, with full aromas of meat, game, pitch, black pepper, and red fruit. On the palate, crisp acidity and a refined tannin structure balance the array of flavor on the back—mostly rustic, earthy, pine and red plum. The finish is very savory, smoky and meaty.

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5