Caves Sao Joao 1985 'Frei Joao' Tinto, Bairrada DOC
Item Number: 8690
Sub Region: Beiras
Appellation/AVA: Bairrada DOC
Grape(s): 100% Baga
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Soil Type: Clay
Elevation: 246 feet
Case Production: 833
The Frei Joao Tinto is a classic, well-aged Bairrada red made from the indigenous Baga, considered Portugal’s most age-worthy red varietal. With its vibrant acidity and minerality, this wine clearly transmits its terroir and cool climatic influence from the Atlantic.
Winemaking Notes: Open top fermentation with extended macerations. 24 months aging in cement tanks before being filtered and bottled.
About Bairrada Terroir: The vineyards are planted in Bairrada, literally translated from Portuguese as “place of clay.” Bairrada has a mild, maritime climate with abundant rainfall, which can make the rot-prone Baga a difficult variety to grow, but also what gives the wines the acidity to age so well. Caves S. João was always known to local growers as a sure-to-get-paid and trustworthy buyer. Consequently they always got the best fruit available in Bairrada.
Tasting Notes: Herb-laden, spicy aromatics suggestive of dried red berry fruit, pine resin, and dried herbs de Provence. On the palate, elegant and seamless, with vibrant acidity, fresh and dried red fruit, and remarkable intensity given its age. Elegant dried flowers, dusty mineral and well integrated sweet skin tannin round out the finish. Try pairing with a traditional roast suckling pig; this will also do well with braises and roasted game.