Caves São João, Espumante Bruto Rosé 2020
Baga Blend｜Bairrada, Portugal
Almost as fun to say as it is to drink, this bright and refreshing sparkling rosé from the coast of Portugal is a perfect summer pairing. One of our favorite Portuguese grapes to drink and to pronounce, Baga is indigenous to the Bairrada region, a glittering, enchanting slice of Portugal just off the coast between Lisbon and Coimbra about 12 miles from the coast.
A blend of two of Portugal's finest indigenous grapes, the wine comes in at 60% Baga and 40% Touriga Nacional. Both Baga and Touriga Nacional are vital parts of Bairrada’s wines, typically responsible for big, sturdy full-bodied reds with lots of tannin and extract. In the right hands, however, it's capable of producing lively, delicate, and flavorful rosé, especially in sparkling form!
That nuance is on full display with this bone-dry (bruto) example, showing all the pink and red flowers and fruits one expects: rose petals, hibiscus, blood orange, and cranberry with a remarkably dry, creamy, zesty finish. We recently hauled out our tried-and-true grilled spot prawn recipe and herby crab cakes to the immense pleasure of every one of our dinner guests! Think garlic, green herbs, and fruits of the sea when pairing – you can't go wrong!
The estate is a dedication to São João (Saint John the Baptist), founded in 1920 by three brothers José, Manuel and Albano Costa. They have a significant cellar, with vintages going back several decades. Their adjacent property, the epic Quinta do Poço do Lobo, is also one of the most significant estates in Bairrada, whose rare & collectible wines we've showcased going back to the '90s.
With this fresh rosé release you can count on an invigorating, artisan sparkler of the highest quality for a mere $25 – it doesn't get much better than that! Enjoy!