Caves Sao Joao Bruto Rose 2018
José Albano and Manuel Costa founded their winery in 1920, naming it after S. Joao, the patron saint of Bairrada. Realizing the region’s potential for producing world-class wine, they hired the French winemaker Gaston Mainousson to spearhead Bairrada’s establishment as the preeminent region for traditional method sparklers in northern Portugal. The vineyards here are planted 20km from the ocean and are battered by the northern Atlantic winds for which the area is well known. This 2018 Brut Rose is crafted from 40% Baga, 40% Touriga Naçional and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, all red grapes, grown on clay and limestone soils. On the palate, the wine is delicate with a lively bead and silky texture. Bright berry fruit and racy acidity make it food-friendly and fun!