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Luis Pato, Vinho Regional Beiras

Luís Pato wine is the result of the association of two traditional families from Bairrada, the Pato family and the Melo Campos family. At the Quinta do Ribeirinho (Ribeirinho Estate, 72 ha) the documents reveal that wine has been in production since the 18th century. Vine husbandry and winemaking are the preserve of the eponymous Senor Luís Pato. Luís Pato (secret gangster nickname = Louis the Duck) is the leading producer in the D.O. of Bairrada, an hour south of Porto on the coastal side with the D.O. Dão adjacent inland in the Sierras de Estrelas (Mountain of the Stars) in under the border with Spain. Luís Pato has 65 hectares, largely planted to Baga, with a bit of Touriga Nacional and also the local whites, Sercialinho, Cerceal and Bical.

Luís trained as an engineer, and took over the family estate in the 80's when is father João retirted. Working mainly with the traditional variety of the region, Baga, Luís quickly took to experimenting, and pushing out the local norms. He introduced new production regimes (eg, destemming and fermenting in small format French oak) which eventually led him to freeing himself of the constraints of DOC Beirrada in 1999. This allowed him to experiment further with the Baga vineyards, and introduced a 'Harvest of Precision' whereby rather than green harvesting to increase the quality of fruit for red wines, he picked early with a first pass to use the fruit for sparkling, and returned a month later to pick ripened Baga fruit for the red wines.

Luís makes LOTS of wines, and issues such as control or lack thereof over brettanomyces wander in and out of the range. Thus, TSA's representation of the Pato wines is a fluid construct. When on song, these are delightful wines and outstanding value.

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Vinho Regional Beiras