2011 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Beiras

SKU #1245870

Luis Pato, aka "Mr. Baga" (so named for his mastery of the tough to grow baga grape varietal) makes some incredibly good, way under the radar wines in the Bairrada region of Portugal, near the Atlantic coast. He is a strong believer that the Atlantic climate, along with his ideal clay and limestone based soil, creates wines that are balanced and capable of long bottle aging. This bottling is composed of 100% baga grapes. It shows tense, cherry fruit flavors with mineral herbal tones, and is undoubtedly a wine for the cellar.This wine is a little bit hard when young, but matures into a real beauty, and is one of the best deals in unique, age-worthy European wines out there. It has a structure (and even some flavors) that bring to mind good Barbaresco (Piemonte lovers, take note!) Highly recommended. According to Jancis Robinson: "This is one of the few great wine producers yet to be discovered by the growing band of American wine lovers thirsty for novel wine experiences."

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Pato really shines in his Vinhas Velhas bottling. The 2011 takes the rusticity of the Tinto, with its crazy range of flavors, and makes sense of the whole picture. Similar in color and saturation, it shows aromas of peppered salami, bacon, black plum, boysenberry, and a hint of green cedar. On the palate, the acidity and tannin are well integrated. Incredibly unique in expression, the wine shows good depth with a wealth of savory, gamy qualities, chief among them bacon fat and salted pork. The fruit is hardly overt, but still present, underlining the savory nature of the wine. Certainly an argument for the power and beauty of the region! 

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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 (%): 13