"To taste the aged reds of Frei João is to taste Portuguese winemaking history. Launched in the 1950s, Frei João is Caves S. João’s Bairrada project, specializing in red and white blends of indigenous Bairrada varietals. Due to their long term positive relationships with growers in Bairrada, Caves S. João has always received right of first refusal best fruit in the region. Reds are made from the noble Baga, the high acid, bright fruited indigenous varietal of the area. In 2013, the Costa family, owners of the estate, decided to open their cellars and offer the old vintages in stock, ranging from 1959 to 2000. Wines that, when young, exhibited rustic tannins and high acidity, aged gracefully when kept in perfect condition at the winery for 20-40 years. Now, they are pristine examples of mature wines with profound finesse and irreplicable complexity. Caves S. João is the only winery in Portugal offering library releases of still wines commercially, with vintages going back to the 1950s." --importer Ole/Obrigado
Chateau Dereszla was founded in the 15th century. After being nationalized during the communist period, the property was privatized in 1991. The D’Aulan family from France took over the Estate in 2000 with the strong belief that a winery in such a historical region was worth being revived again. Aszù grapes are late-harvested and botrytized, so the sugar concentration remains very high. This wine is perfect with strong blue cheeses or dessert, or as an after-dinner drink.