Caves São João

Frei João Bairrada Baga Blend

9.022 ratings
8.98 pro ratings
Bairrada, Beiras, Portugal
Baga, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Medium garnet red with a hint of ruby. Lovely aged nose with notes of wood, tobacco, wet forest floor little raisin and dark cherries. Medium tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Dry palate with notes of cedar, dried cherries and a touch of spice. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2022.

Had side by side with a 1985 Chateau Lascombes

Medium garnet red with a hint of ruby. Lovely aged nose with notes of wood, tobacco, wet forest floor little raisin and dark cherries. Medium tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Dry palate with notes of cedar, dried cherries and a touch of spice. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2022.

Had side by side with a 1985 Chateau Lascombes

Apr 16th, 2019
Frank Rotello

Fun to try. Definitely needed oxygen after 30 years. More sharp berry fruit as it opened up. Became fresher with more time strangely enough. No question this is old world craftiness. Wish I had some good tapas on hand to pair. Oh well. Still fun

Fun to try. Definitely needed oxygen after 30 years. More sharp berry fruit as it opened up. Became fresher with more time strangely enough. No question this is old world craftiness. Wish I had some good tapas on hand to pair. Oh well. Still fun

Aug 3rd, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Those Portuguese...Interestingly enough, '85 is the current vintage on this bottle, go figure.
Our first 100% Baga, dried red fruit is the first on nose, with just minor herbs/vegetal aspects. Needed a lot of air to really get going, intially concerned when I pulled a two-piece cork (should have used The Durand), and had high acid/vinegar notes when heading into the decanter. On the palate, wow, quite fresh after a few hours of rest, great floral and dried red berry notes, perfectly balanced acidity, well integrated tannins. Honestly, blind I could almost think this is aged, Left Bank Bordeaux, St. Julien, very elegant...Wow!

Those Portuguese...Interestingly enough, '85 is the current vintage on this bottle, go figure.
Our first 100% Baga, dried red fruit is the first on nose, with just minor herbs/vegetal aspects. Needed a lot of air to really get going, intially concerned when I pulled a two-piece cork (should have used The Durand), and had high acid/vinegar notes when heading into the decanter. On the palate, wow, quite fresh after a few hours of rest, great floral and dried red berry notes, perfectly balanced acidity, well integrated tannins. Honestly, blind I could almost think this is aged, Left Bank Bordeaux, St. Julien, very elegant...Wow!

Jul 29th, 2017
Harley Carbery

Director of Wine, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Delano Las Vegas

8.1

Interesting. .....

Interesting. .....

Jul 13th, 2015
Nils Johnson

Smoky, cedar notes. Light body but tannins present and accounted for. Very pretty. The smoke and cedar notes grew the longer it was open

Smoky, cedar notes. Light body but tannins present and accounted for. Very pretty. The smoke and cedar notes grew the longer it was open

Mar 5th, 2017
Todd Garney

Interesting wine, not complex, but nice fruit flavors for 30 years old.

Interesting wine, not complex, but nice fruit flavors for 30 years old.

Jan 16th, 2016
Richard Lewis

Super balanced, great acid and stewed red fruits.

Super balanced, great acid and stewed red fruits.

Jan 10th, 2016
Hillary Coleman

Floral, dried herbs, wood smoke, mushrooms

Floral, dried herbs, wood smoke, mushrooms

Dec 13th, 2015
Tommy Sunderland

Takes a long time to open up, but goes somewhere interesting.

Takes a long time to open up, but goes somewhere interesting.

Nov 5th, 2015
Alexander Niehenke

Super interesting. Zingy acidity and bright red fruit 30yrs later.

Super interesting. Zingy acidity and bright red fruit 30yrs later.

Oct 17th, 2015