LUIS PATO


“Luis Pato, the lucky duck of Beiras (“Pato” means duck in Portuguese), is widely considered a dominant force in his region, a winemaker who, when the weather cooperates in his difficult region, can tame the difficult Baga grape with which he works. His wines these days often have a refined elegance rather than rustic astringency, but they retain that very bright Baga acidity.” Robert Parker - June 2008

The Luis Pato wine is the result of the association of two traditional families from Bairrada, the Pato family and the Melo Campos family. At the Quinta do Ribeirinho (Ribeirinho Estate) the documents reveal a wine production since the 18th Century. Its activity of wine bottling began in the 1970s.

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2017 maria gomes

+783757 · 12x750ml

90% Maria Gomes, 10% Sercialinho. Fermented in stainless steel vats and bottled in Dec 2015. Also known as Fernao Pires, the Maria Gomes grape thrives in the sandier areas of Bairrada. This is from 35 year old vines, and includes 10% Sercialinho in the mix, which really pulls together the gentler elements of the dominant variety, resulting in a zesty, sappy, dry white. Serve with appetizers, salads, fish, shellfish, white meats, Italian and Asian cuisine including sushi and food with citrus sauces.

STATUS: OPEN
RP: 90
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N/V MARIA GOMES ESPUMANTE

+725370 · 12x750ml

90% Maria Gomes, 10% Sercialinho. Grown with Maria Gomes (95%) and Arinto (5%) grapes fermented in separate stainless steel vats under control temperature during two weeks. The second fermentation was made in bottle to keep the flavour of flowers and fruits from the main grape. White fleshy notes interplay with quince, jasmine, and yellow plum. Pato uses the Champagne method to create this lovely, dry bubbly.

STATUS: OPEN
JR: 16 || RP: 87
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N/V CASTA BAGA ESPUMANTE

+725371 · 12x750ml

100% Baga. Grown in vineyards planted in chalky-clay soils with Baga grapes. Vinified through a slight pressure, in a vacuum press to obtain a juice yield that doesn’t exceed 60%. It is fermented in stainless steel vats. As the second fermentation occurs inside the bottle, the wine matures six to nine months on the lees before the necessary procedures to finish it, to reach the client in its best conditions.

STATUS: OPEN
JR: 16
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SCORING LEGEND

AG || Anthony Gismondi, CAN
BC || Bob Campbell, NZ
CG || Connoisseaurs' GCW
DC || Decanter Magazine
GP || Guia Penin, Spain
HH || Huon Hooke, AUS
JH || James Halliday, AUS
JS || James Suckling
JR || Jancis Robinson
JO || Jeremy Oliver, AUS
JP || John Platter, S. Africa
JSc || John Schreiner, CAN
MC || Michael Cooper, NZ
NMc || Natalie MacLean
NM || Neal Martin
RP || Parker/Wine Advocate
PP || Prince of Pinot
RJ || Ray Jordan, AUS
RR || Rhone Report
ST || Stephen Tanzer
TP || Tasting Panel
TI || Testing Institute
TA || Tim Atkin MW
VI || Vinous
W&S || Wine & Spirits
WA || Wine Access
AN || Wine Anorak
WE || Wine Enthusiast
WF || Wine Front, AUS
WR || Wine Review Online
WS || Wine Spectator
WT || Winestate Mag, AUS
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2016 VINHAS VELHAS WHITE

+725367 · 12x750ml

50% Bical, 25% Cerceal, 25% Sercialinho. Fermented in new casks of oak Allier after gentle pressing on vacuum, then aged in stainless Steel vats for months. Quite attractive aroma with slightly toasted, smoked notes, citrus and pineapple. Very light on the palate, delicate, very expressive, lively and elegant finish with mineral and spicy notes. Great with chicken, fish and shellfish. Also great with Asian foods.

STATUS: OPEN
RP: 92 || JG: 92
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2011 VINHA FORMAL WHITE

+733315 · 6x750ml

100% Bical. Born in the hillside of Óis do Bairro facing Serra do Buçaco. Obtained from Bical grapes planted in chalky-clay soils. Fermented and matured in new Allier oak casks during a year. The wine presents with an intense aroma, almost balsamic, floral touch of lime, lightweight barrel. Excellent acidity and freshness, broad, full and complete, a white structured, elegant, complex, with great culinary skills. To be dished up with roasted fish in the oven, cod-fish, shellfish, sushi and also soft sheep cheese.

STATUS: SOLD OUT
RP: 92 || JR: 15.5
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2015 CASTA BAGA/TOURIGA NACIONAL

+725369 · 12x750ml

60% Baga, 40% Touriga Nacional. Matured in old used French casks and in some used American oak barrels. Good deep ruby-violet colour. Spicy bouquet with some violets and cherries aromas. In mouth it is very smooth with a pleasant finish. A good red wine to goggle with some tapas. To be dished up with red meat, game meats and codfish.

STATUS: OPEN
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2009 VINHAS VELHAS RED

+770059 · 12x750ml

100% Baga. Intense, very smoky on the nose. Very well done with a beginning, middle and end. Delicate with good fruit and acidity. Good balance and apparent potential for aging. Long. More complex than most.

STATUS: OPEN
RP: 90 || JR: 17
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2013 VINHA PAN

+725372 · 6x750ml

100% Baga. Wine from the Baga grape grown in chalky-clay soil in a place called Panasqueira, in a hillside turned to south, where in the beginning of August was made a green harvest of 50%, what gave an unusual concentration to the wines of the same grape. Dark purple in colour, with a royal purple fringe. Red currents, light game, pepper and spice, minerally and earthy. In the mouth the wine is very refined, but powerful. Great balance and structure, you can see the potential for this to age, but it’s great drinking now. On the palate, it’s full of mulberry, mocha coffee, with a slight raisin character. Will age for more than fifteen years.


STATUS: OPEN
RP: 88-89 || JR: 17.5
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2013 VINHA BARROSA

+725373 · 6x750ml

100% Baga. From an old vineyard of more than 80 years in Aguim, surrounded by a pine forest where there are also some eucalyptus that add to the wine a complementary complexity that the age of the vines already gives. Vinified in stainless steel vats for two weeks at controlled temperature. Matured for a year in new and used Allier oak casks. Beautifully perfumed, this is full of ripe tannins and generous fruitiness. From a single vineyard with old vines, the wine is structured, dense and so concentrated. It shows how Baga can develop when handled by a master, with its black plum fruits and great future. It will age for 15 or 20 years.


STATUS: OPEN
RP: 89+ || JR: 17.5
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2005 VINHA PAN

+789262 · 6x750ml

100% Baga. Wine from the Baga grape grown in chalky-clay soil in a place called Panasqueira, in a hillside turned to south, where in the beginning of August was made a green harvest of 50%, what gave an unusual concentration to the wines of the same grape. Brooding, focused nose is dark, spicy and elegant with black cherry and black fruits. Incredibly tight and complex. The palate is open and expressive with elegant dark fruits, good acidity and a lovely fine yet grippy tannic structure. Wonderful stuff for long ageing.” Will age for more than fifteen years.


STATUS: OPEN
AN: 94 || RP: 90 || RP: 86 || JR: 17.5
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2000 QUINTA DO MOINHO

+789264 · 6x750ml

100% Baga. Wine exclusively produced from Baga grapes with green harvest at the beginning of August. Fermented for 2 weeks in stainless steel vats under temperature control. Matured for 12 months in new and used Allier oak casks. Greyish garnet with soft rim. Complex, developed aromas of undergrowth and leather and a bit bloody too but there is still some of Baga’s sweet red fruit aroma showing and almost something in the floral spectrum – maybe tobacco. More bloody with air. On the palate, real energy and freshness – and small-berried red fruits - the tannins relatively compact but smoothed. Long and surprisingly rich, the richness balanced by the acidity.

STATUS: OPEN
RP: 92 || VI: 88 || JR: 16.5
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