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Staff Pick

Beira Extra Brut Rosé "3B," Filipa Pato - 2017

Item # 33679 750mL
$16.96/ Single Bottle
$203.52 $193.34/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Pretty and elegant rosé sparkling from Beira region in Portugal. Filipa, just like her famous father, Luis Pato, focuses on the country's indigenous grape varieties. Tiny, creamy bubbles with peaches, lavender, and rose petal. Impressively well-made.


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Staff Pick Notes

3B stands for... 1. Bairrada - a DOC region in Portugal close to moderating ocean currents of the Atlantic. 2. Baga - a black grape native to this region, providing fresh berry fruit flavors 3. Bical- a soft, aromatic white grape, which adds creaminess to this tasty bubbly Fresh strawberry comes through on the palate, combined with light yeasty notes which linger even as the effervescence trickles away. This sparkling star has zero dosage, which, combined with the crisp minerality, results in an incredibly clean finish. What really struck me was the versatility of this wine. Though bubbly has often been considering a wine of the aperif realm, this beauty has enough body to pair beautifully throughout an entire meal.Pair with seafood, coastal Portuguese and Spanish dishes, or just a relaxed evening with friends and conversation.

- KS

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Bical

Don't get the wrong idea, but the other name for Bical is Borrado das Moscas, which can most politely be translated as "fly droppings." It's not based on the aroma or taste of this pleasant white Portuguese variety, however (it's most likely a reference to the grapes' small size, or the tiny specks on the grape skins). Bical is grown in Bairrada and Dao, and is often added to sparkling wine...

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Baga

A red grape that is mostly associated with central Portugal's Bairrada region, often made into rosé. Varietal wines made from Baga are generally dark and quite tannic: the best vintages produce truly age-worthy reds.

Portugal

The Dão and the Douro are the most important regions as far as red Portuguese table wine is concerned. Douro wines tend to be a bit fuller and fleshier than their Dão counterparts, which are generally lighter and higher in acidity. Reds from both regions are dense, rustic, and well-balanced. They also show their terroir quite clearly, and represent a great alternative to the modern fruit-driven...

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