Vadio Tinto Bairrada DOC 2016
Tannic and Fruity
The Atlantic character of Baga grapes is fully expressed at the Vadio Winery in Portugal. Three small vineyards with fruitful harvests — that’s the treasure behind Vadio Winery.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
Baga grapes harvested from clay-limestone soils create the typical Bairrada wine flavors. Through manual harvesting at different times of during the harvest season, the winemakers at Vadio are able to control the maturation levels present in their wines. Extraction is done very gently, and the barrels for their tinto wines are aged for a minimum of 18 months. This wine is fresh and delicate on the palate, with an acidity that shines persistently, accompanied by soft, polished tannins. It tastes of cherries and mixed berries, with a hint of stewed plum.
In Portugal, Bairrada wines are the singular partner for the national fish, bacalhau. These wines are also often drank with octopus or squid in red wine sauce or fresh grilled tuna. If you prefer meats, this is an offal-friendly wine, especially with kidney or liver. Pork roasts and lamb stews also go well with this wine — and if you’re looking for that bit of dairy, bring out a block of blue cheese. We recommend Long Clawson Potted Blue Stilton DOP
LOCAL TO THE REGION
Vadio Winery grows about 70 percent of their wines right in their vineyards, but because of high demand, they also take in Baga grapes harvested from smaller growers in the area. Their goal is to be completely self-sufficient by 2030. And they’re not just big on protecting their wines; Vadio also contributes to the maintenance of region’s biodiversity, caring for the surrounding flora and encouraging natural, organic techniques in their vineyards to keep from polluting the area.
Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 16 to 18°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.