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Wine Name: Luis Pato, Vinha Pan 2017

Wine Name: Luis Pato, Vinha Pan 2017

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Tasting Note: Youthful and fresh, wonderfully layered with waves of strawberry, cherry and redcurrant fruit lifted by floral rose petals, graphite pencil shavings, and aromatic star anise, this is the Baga grape at its best. Seductively sweet fruit with firm tannins, refreshing acidity, some tobacco, leather, minerals, and a long fresh finish.

Country: Portugal Region: Bairrada
ABV:12.5% Bottle Size: 75cl Sustainable viticulture YES

Additional Information: Luis Pato (which is Portuguese for ‘duck’) is the best-known producer in the Bairrada region. He’s widely regarded as the modernizer who brought a struggling region back to life. Still, I think it’s unfair to see him just in this light, because his wines have a traditional side to them, and he’s also a champion of the local red grape, Baga. He’s a bit of a maverick, pushing boundaries with no time for rules. He has the vision to experiment, regularly trying out new things, and making improvements gradually in a constant drive to get the best from his grapes. Though he tried using international varieties (upsetting the Bairrada authorities at the time) he now firmly believes that the future of his region depends on making world-class wines from indigenous varieties and its signature red grape, Baga, in particular. He is one of the founding members of Baga Friends, a small quality-led group formed to promote the grape more widely. He now only works with Portuguese grapes, Baga, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cão for reds, maria gomes (Fernão Pires), Bical, Cerceal and a grape that Pato believes nobody else has, Sercialinho. Luis describes himself as a ‘free’ winemaker.
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