2010 Quinta das Bageiras "Garrafeira" Bairrada

SKU #1254197 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This 2010 Garrafeira Quinta dos Bageiras is another gorgeous Garrafeira from Bageiras, produced only in what owner Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno believes are the best years. Sourced from very old vines (90+ years, said Mario), it was aged for 18 months in used 3000-liter Portuguese tonels. It has big everything: strong concentration of flavor, intensity on the finish, classic Baga nuances and plenty of acidity. This lets it all hang out, but it also works it out rather well. This wine is not for the shy; it is quite a mouthful. It could use a few more years in the cellar, despite its late release (it sort of fits this month's theme on older wines), but it can be approached if you must. This, for most producers, wasn't a great vintage, but you could make good wine in it and Bageiras sure did. At the price point, this is a super value. Late released, it should be in the marketplace now. (MS)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Produced from 100% Baga, from vineyards ranging in age from 30-80 years of age, this is a great introduction to the incredible, ageworthy, vastly underappreciated wines of Bairrada. Fermented and aged in a combination of concrete and older oak, what we have here is a very traditional take on this most traditional of Portuguese red wines. While it's starting to get good right now, I can only imagine how many minds might be blown tasting this in another decade! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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Portugal

- 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