Tiago Teles "Maria da Graca", Bairrada
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Organic

Tiago Teles "Maria da Graca", Bairrada - 2016

Item # 36578 750mL
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Red
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Organic

Organic

Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

We love the dark, fresh fruit flavors and minerality this wine offers. Oddly enough, it is not made from the Baga grape that is championed in the Bairrada region, but instead from the equally delicious Alfrocheiro grape. The wine was aged in large neutral barrel and is unfiltered. After writing about wine for many years, Tiago Teles finally realized his dream of owning vineyards and making his own wine.


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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is such a little gem. The bottle is even more evidence that if you're not drinking Portugese wine, you need to start now! Striking minerality on the nose meets a light, structured body with refined tannin. Fresh red berries and a stony finish are present on the palate. It's fresh and easy, but not simple at all. Celebrated wine critic Tiago Teles searched for years for the right opportunity before founding his own vineyard, and I'm so glad he finally did. This wine is significantly more complex than the price lets on. Give as a cheeky gift to impress or treat yourself with this surprisingly affordable pleasure.

- GWN

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Alfrocheiro

A Portuguese red grape of cloudy origin, Alfrocheiro was once thought to be a relative of Pinot Noir. Today, Portugal is indeed considered to be the birthplace of the grape, and it plays an important role in the red wines of the Dão (though it is also found in Alentejo, Ribatejo and Palmela). In spite of being a relative youngster among the other prominent grapes of the Dão, Alfrocheiro is highly...

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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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