Country: Portugal Region: Bairrada
Varietal: 80% Bical and 20% Arinto
Vintage: 2022 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Filipa Pato
There is very definitely a new generation of Portuguese winemakers, and no one better represents that cohort than our winemaker, Filipa Pato. No doubt she was born with the genes for winemaking: her father, Luis Pato, has been one of the most passionate exponents of Bairrada and is widely considered the leading producer in the region; he was born into a wine-growing family in the region and her mother’s family had been making wine for several generations as well. Filipa took her degree in chemistry at Coimbra in 1999, then spent two years working with noted winemakers around the world, in Bordeaux, in Argentina, and in Australia. In 2001 she returned home and, without vineyards of her own, set about establishing her own brand, making wines from rented vineyards in both Bairrada and Dão. In 2013 she and her husband bought their own winery. Filipa describes her wines as “authentic wines without makeup,” and like many of her contemporaries she has a passion for the grapes native to her region.
Tasting Note: Expressive green fruit aromas, some very seductive light fruits, and a lingering, crisp, dry finish. A delightful wine with real finesse. This would be perfect solo, and even better with all manner of lighter seafood dishes.