1974 Caves Sao Joao "Frei Joao" Branco Bairrada

SKU #1277827

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. The old whites from Sao Joao are extremely ageworthy. Think Lopez de Heredia in terms of their combination of long bottle ageing and well developed, layered, yet surprisingly lively flavor profiles. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese wine buyer)

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Price: $149.99

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Alcohol Content (%): 12