|A number of our guests have
been exploring the wines of Portugal
these days, even holding tastings with
these wines from various appellations in
Portugal. We thought we'd feature these
three, each a different style yet each
brilliant in their own right.
2019 Filipa Pato Baga Bairrada
Our first of three:
Brilliant cherry red in color. The
nose is straight forward almost purely
fruit driven; red stone fruit with a
hint of black pepper.
The taste is delightful and elegant,
very juicy, attractive with a
lingering and teasing finish; one more
2016 Quinta das Bágeiras
Let’s begin with a quote:
“The Garrafeira channels the finest
Barolo and Bordeaux with the ability
to age just as well at a fraction of
the price. This belongs in every savvy
Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
The 100% Baga grapes come from very
old vines (over 95 years old).
Deep garnet. Pure, intense dark-red
fruit with a lovely tangy bite. Firm,
chewy, Baga tannins, with the
lovely freshness typical of the
variety. Concentrated and built for
the very long term. Not ready yet, at
least not without quite substantial
food. Even with the depth of the
tannins, they are not at all
aggressive or astringent, just need
time in bottle, which will also bring
more complexity. Long, fresh, more
savory on the finish. Great potential
for ageing. Or heck, decant for a day
and grill a huge Rib-Eye.
2020 Herdade do Rocim Alentejo
Vinho Tinto Amphora
The third of our Portuguese
wines is made in amphora without
temperature control and with indigenous
yeasts. This organic wine shows notes of
raspberry, plum. There's a beautiful,
creamy texture, fresh acidity + salty
and textural minerality. A great
candidate for a chill and an outdoor
setting of some kind—barbecue, picnic,
you name it.
2018 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
(France, Bordeaux, Graves,
Château Carbonnieux's white wine
is legendary. It is said that in
the 18th century it was introduced to
the Sultan of Constantinople’s palace
because of its clarity and was called
“mineral water from Carbonnieux”, thus
defying the Islamic law.
The 2018 features intense lime, yuzu and
green mango scents with touches of lemon
curd and white pepper. Medium-bodied,
very tightly wound and zesty in the
mouth, it has a racy backbone and a
It's also a wine that can age for a few
decades developing nuances, layers, and
2020 Guy Breton Régnié
(France, Burgundy, Beaujolais,
This may be our favorite vintage of this
wine. While we thought the 2019 was
outstanding his 2020 brings Gamay to a
whole other level. There's a haunting
beauty at the core here, and an elegance
rarely witnessed in Beaujolais. The
balance is impeccable and the finish is
still on our minds from a week ago.
2018 David Renaud Irancy
(France, Burgundy, Côtes d'Auxerre,
Sometimes referred to as the red wine of
Chablis, Irancy is in the Côte
Auxerrois, just north of the Cote d’Or.
It is a 100% red wine appellation
devoted to the production of Pinot Noir.
This is 100% Pinot Noir (in Irancy they
are allowed to blend up to 10% of the
red grape Cesar). This is an amazing
value for Burgundy. There's beautiful
ripeness paired with bright acid. Bright
red berry fruit + a breeze of forest
floor then darker fruits take over. For
Burgundy this is a bigger styled wine
and we loved every sip of it.
2019 Uccelliera Rosso di
One of our favorite Sangiovese's just
arrived and we are thrilled. Everything
about the 2019 vintage is drop-dead
Beautiful notes of wild roses, lavender,
cassis. Wild berry, plum and zesty acid
emerge as you swirl. Spice on the
mid-palate lingering on to the finish.
There may be black currants, violets,
herbs here too. We better take another
2015 Les Hauts de Smith
(France, Bordeaux, Graves,
Our second wine from Graves, this time a
50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet
The nose is very fresh with raspberry,
strawberry notes mingling with smoke,
licorice and cinnamon.
The palate is concentrated, smooth,
dense with nice tannin
texture: harmonious and silky. A very
charming wine with impressively
structure and length.
And that about does it. We are open
until 6pm today and on Saturday from
Noon until 6pm.
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