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Filipa Pato Bairrada Nossa Calcario Bical 2019

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  • RP91
750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#31 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2021

Brilliant intense yellow straw color with greenish rim, good viscosity. Very mineral nose with a certain smokiness due to the limestone soil. It has a distinguished fruity touch of pears (typical Bical) and slightly nutty character (hazelnut, almonds, pines). After some time in the glass it even reveals thyme and honey. The mouth is refined, creamy, relatively smooth and has present minerality, a kind of saltiness due to typical Atlantic climate. The wine is very broad in the mouth with an almost crunchy, nutty texture. The finish is voluptuous with very precise notes of preserved and ripe fruit.

A real food wine which will accompany a wide range of dishes. Just think about noble fish (seabass, turbot, brill, dover sole), lobster, king crab. All prepared as natural as possible (steamed, poached, grilled). Braised sweetbread, poached poultry and veal and pork fillet will do the job. A nice creamy cheese (Brie, Camembert, Serra da Estrela) can be a nice option too.

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Elegantly crafted, with lemon curd, pineapple and white blossom notes. This medium-bodied white offers lovely purity and vivid minerality, with tangerine, chamomile and spice elements cascading onto the herb-tinged finish.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
This grows mid-slope on a chalky-clay hillside in Ois de Bairro, where the vines average 40 years old. It’s made from free-run juice, spontaneously fermented in cask, where it rests for eight months developing pale Marcona almond flavors to ground the fresh apple and lemon-yellow fruit. It’s a lovely acid-driven white with floral delicacy, and enough depth for a trotter terrine.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Branco Nossa Calcário is a single-vineyard (Ois do Bairro) Bical aged for nine months in 20% new and mostly French barrels (some Austrian). It comes in at just 12.4% alcohol. This seems a bit fuller in body than its siblings this issue—of course, it also has the most oak treatment. Yet it absorbs the wood beautifully, leaving a refreshing and understated white that is hard to resist. Its graceful presentation and bright finish are a big part of that. For all of its understatement, I suspect it will age well. It may yet improve too.
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Passion for the traditional indigenous grape varietals of Bairrada and Dão lead Filipa Pato to start her own project in 2001. This project consists of working on a total of 12 hectares of vineyards scattered in various plots throughout the Bairrada region of Portugal. Utilizing biodynamic farming practices and minimal-intervention winemaking, Filipa and her husband, Belgian sommelier and restaurateur William Wouters, produce Vinhos Autênticos Sem Maquilagem – ‘Authentic Wines Without Makeup.’
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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Douro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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