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.