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Vinhas Velhas Branco by Luis Pato 2016

Vinhas Velhas Branco

by Luis Pato 2016

Producer : Luis Pato

Region : Beira (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Rich Fish, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"The 2016 Branco Vinhas Velhas is a roughly equal blend this year of Bical, Cerceal and Sercialinho, unoaked and coming in at 12.5% alcohol. This simply coats the palate and seems full bodied, rich and very dense this year. So, too, was the 2015, but this might be even deeper. It may not have quite as much of that tightly wound feel and energy as the 2015 did, but they are two fabulous back-to-back values. This, while a little easier to read than the 2015 when I first saw it, does not lack for structure. As it airs and warms, it shows controlled tension on the finish, too. As with the 2015, this will likely show better with a year more in bottle, around the summer of 2018. It should age beautifully, perhaps better than indicated. I suspect the 2015 will eventually win out, when both have shed their baby fat, but at the moment, this shows better. At the pricing provided, there is no way you can go wrong with either. They are both super bargains."

92 points - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, Aug 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 92
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Luis Pato
Region Beira (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Smooth and silky whites
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Bical, Cerceal, Sercialinho
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Rich Fish, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Unoaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.40

The Producer

Luis Pato

The Pato family has been crafting wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since at least the 18th century. João Pato commenced bottling wine from his vineyards in 1970, marking the first winemaker in the Bairrada region post its demarcation. This rebellious and pioneering spirit was inherited by his son, Luis Pato. In 1980, Luis crafted his inaugural wine, a pure Baga, renowned for its exceptional quality and absolute rarity, cherished by connoisseurs as a treasure. Over the years, Luis experimented with Baga and successfully produced Portugal's first Vinhas Velhas wine! However, in 1999, he made a personal choice to step away from the DOC denomination, now labeling his wines as Regional Beiras.

Pato's 60 hectares of vineyards boast Baga and Touriga Nacional (red varieties), along with Maria Gomes, Bical, Bairrada’s Cercial, and Sercialinho (white varieties). These vineyards are spread across two distinct soil types: sandy and chalky-clay.

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