A brilliant Bairrada from Filipa Pato

As most of you know, Portugal is one of my favourite wine countries. There’s lots happening here, with new great wines emerging all the time. This is a brilliant new wine from Filipa Pato, daughter of Luis, and it’s a field blend of mostly Baga from a vineyard of chalky subsoil with stony clay. It just shows that Baga from this part of the world is a special variety. Think Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir, with a Portuguese twist. I also love the strapline on the label: ‘Authentic wines - without make-up’

Filipa Pato Nossa Calcario Tinto 2010 Bairrada, Portugal
13% alcohol. Deep coloured. Wonderfully fresh, quite sophisticated black cherry and plum fruit nose with nice fruit intensity. It’s ripe, but not too sweet. The palate is structured and fresh with nice grippy tannins under the well defined black cherry and blackberry fruit. Concentrated and quite mineral with good acidity and structure. One to keep but also quite compelling young. A brilliant example of Baga at its best. 95/100 (£30 Bottle Apostle, Oddbins)

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