Casa de Saima, "Tonel 10" Bairrada
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Casa de Saima, "Tonel 10" Bairrada - 2018

Item # 39334 750mL
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

Casa de Saima is owned and operated by Graça Miranda Silva who was left the vineyards and estate from her late husband. Instead of selling her grapes to the local cooperative, Graça decided to preserve the estate tradition and Bairrada's indigenous grape, Baga. This 18 acre estate keeps up the tradition of treading by foot, fermenting in stone lagares, and ageing the wine in (100 year old) large casks, before an unfiltered bottling.

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Staff Pick Notes

If you've read my other staff picks you may notice a pattern. I'm gaga for baga! Baga is one of Portugal's most noble native varietals, and it's a bit of a chameleon. It can be rustic, powerful and brooding; or it can be light and bright and embody the glau glau style. This rendition by Graça Miranda Silva, who owns and operates Casa de Saima, sits comfortably in the middle and shows bright red fruit, ample acidity and supple tannins. The grape vines are planted in calcareous clay soils and come from some of the oldest vines grown on the estate. Yes, the bottle looks... underwhelming. But you're going to have to look past this wine's humble exterior to enjoy the surprises within.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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.


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