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Friday, 19 October 2012

Luís Pato Vinhas Velhas 1988

15.5 / 20
Producer: Luís Pato
Region: Bairrada
Country: Portugal

Bought two bottles of this red wine from the Bairrada at an auction some months ago, since this vintage - the first for the Vinhas Velhas from Luís Pato - is regarded as one of the best. The first I opened was in really bad shape. This second one was much better, although I was expecting more - but maybe the bottles were not kept conveniently.

Clear garnet without many traces of evolution, this has a classical old wine bouquet, with old cupboards and an earthy, dead leafs feel. Beneath this, there is also a vegetable note - not unusual in Baga, but a surprise after 20-odd years - and a scent of iodine. Still later on, some sweeter notes - like toffee - appear.

Soft in the mouth, as expected, it still reveals a very interesting structure for its age. Notes of old cupboards and dry leaves permeate the taste that finishes in a high note, with a good, still strong ending.

Definitely one to drink right now, but still a nice experience.

Tasted on 2012-01-29

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