2014 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas, Beiras, Portugal

2014 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Tinto, Beiras, Portugal


2014 was a “tough” vintage, with lots of rain before harvest. As a result, none of the single vineyard Baga wines were produced this vintage, and the estate’s top fruit was blended into the Vinhas Velhas, including the centenarian vineas at Barrosa and the own rooted vines at Ribeirinho. The pedigree of the fruit and ultra-high acidity of the juice made a fairly backwards wine, and they decided to hold a portion of the production back for late release.

A rustic, yet deeply complex expression of Vinhas Velhas. The nose opens up very savory, with charcuterie, violets, olives, and lots of brushy garrigue. On the palate, however, there is a rush of bright yet dense red fruit, and fairly intense tannins. Very “old school Barolo” in the best way.