1984 Caves Sao Joao Porta dos Cavaleiros Reserva Branco
All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
Caves Sao Joao was begun in 1920 as a Port house. When the laws changed, restricting the geography from which Port could be made, the Costa family decided to make sparkling wine, and quickly established themselves as the preeminent producer of bubbles in Portugal. As time went on, they eventually branched out into still wine production in both the Dao and Bairrada. While they have wineries that make wine exclusively from each of these DOs, the original Caves Sao Joao makes wine as a blend from the two, following the age old tradition in the region – Bairrada lending acid and punch, Dao giving mellower fruit and a more delicate character. This Tinto hearkens back to this old style of winemaking, utilizing the best characteristics of the two DOs to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Only made in the best vintages and from the best fruit they have available to them from their growers, this blend is a testament to the confluence of power and elegance that wines from this part of Portugal show.