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Luis Pato, Vinhas Velhas Tinto 2017
From one of Bairrada's oldest and most famous winemakers, this old-vine red is a great example of his signature style. Aged in large oak barrels resulting in perfumed, elegant red fruit with delicate spices and firm tannins. Fans of Nebbiolo should not miss this.
Stainless steel vinification with over a year ageing in used French barrels results in a fantastic red wine, so very typical of the region and the Baga grape variety.
Luis Pato has been making wine here since 1980, ten years after his father became the first producer to estate bottle wines after the Bairrada DOC was granted. These days, and more than 30 vintages later, Luis has 60 hectares of vines, majoring on Baga for red wines, and Bical and Maria Gomes for whites. A considerable proportion of production is also in sparkling wine, both metodo classico and metodo antigo (Bairrada has been, since the 1890s, the cradle of sparkling wine production in Portugal). Winemaking has moved from the grounds of the family house in Ois do Bairro, to a smart winery in Amoreira de Gandara, and, of course, these days Luis Pato is not only the most famous producer in his region, but enjoys a global reputation too.
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