"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
Paolo De Marchi is the winemaker and owner of top Chianti Classico estate, Isole e Olena, and he inherited Proprietà Sperino from his grandfather. Since the 1970's, Paolo has dreamed of revitalising the Sperino estate and in the last few years has started doing so, together with his elder son, Luca. Garnet in colour with an expressive, perfumed nose, with aromas of wild berries, violets and a touch of spice and smoke from the oak ageing.
With a team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that graze the cover crops in and around the vineyards. Didier Barral farms thirty hectares of vineyards, incorporating biodynamic practices deep in the heart of the Languedoc. In this Mediterranean climate where summer heat waves and drought are common this 4.3 hectare site of 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah enjoys a southern exposure of vines up to 30 years old with deep roots in schist soil. Powerful and complex this expression is aged for two years in cement tanks for a pure expression of fruit.