1990 Caves Sao Joao "Frei Joao" Bairrada

SKU #1277824 Jancis Robinson

 Mid, soft-edged garnet verging towards brick. Sweet spice (cinnamon?) and still has some cherry cough-drop aroma although mixed with polished wood and mocha and caramelised orange. Very very complex, especially with time in the glass - liquorice now then back to sweet spice. Deliciously fresh and mouthwatering on the palate. Fine-grained tannins give a light but clear structure. Very moreish and light on its feet with red fruit coming back on the finish. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (10/2011)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2016 | Send Email
Imagine, if you will, that a very old fashioned winery, with properly unhurried releases, deliciously old timey wines, and not much commericial activity for a few decades, were to suddently spring into action and begin selling their precious older vintages. Since they are relatively unknown outside of their country of origin, and have tens of thousands of bottles available, the prices are very fair. Frei Joao is the Bairrada label first started by negociant Caves Sao Joao decades ago. This 26 year old red is in fine form. Aromas of dark and milk chocolate, deeply pitched dark cherries. wood smoke and spice leads to a savory, spicy palate. The flavors have good presence, depth and solid fruit, particularly given the lovely development of nuanced, non-fruit complexities. Try this wine for a great example of Portugal's longest standing region for fine, collectible wines in the Bairrada.

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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 (%): 12