Tasting Note: The 2001 Vinha Barrio is a single vineyard Baga from chalky-clay soil, aged in used French oak for 12 months. This is a vintage, Pato told me, that he compares to the 2011--years with fine acidity that support aging very well. This sure proves that and it seems remarkable. Silky in texture and certainly showing a lot of mature, tertiary nuances, this is nonetheless vibrant and very concentrated. For all of the acidity and power, it is also quite balanced, its fine mid-palate soaking up both. It never seems austere or an effort to drink--at least not now, with some 15 years on it. What also comes with age, of course, is complexity. As this grips the mouth and takes over the palate, it also throws off that medley of aged-wine flavors, some forest floor, a touch of weeds. It is fascinating as well as mouth-coating. It isn't dead or dying, though. It improves with air and keeps getting better, eventually seeming a bit younger. (Older wines do need some waking up sometimes.) It is very impr Score - 95?. (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)
|Brewer||Luis Pato Unipessoal Lda|
|Sugar/Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry|
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