Barao de Nelas’s massive, historic lagars and pressesBarao de Nelas

Winemaker: António Narciso 

 

Formerly known as Quinta do Serrado, this winery rebranded itself to avoid confusion with the various other Serrados/Cerrados labels out there. The  winery contains not only one of oldest, but one of the most impressive, gravity fed, lagar systems (rectangular granite walled fermenters where grapes are trod) in Dao. Although the larger vessels have been retired now, one of the smaller lagars is still in use and is integral to the production of one of Barao de Nelas’s best wines. It is fitting that Barao de Nelas’s winemaker is Antonio Narcisco, given his passion for lagar made wines.

 

Barao de Nelas Alfrocheiro 2007 14% This is great example of Alfrocheiro characters with lovely, floral tinged, fine red cherry aromas and flavors, light bodied with fine tannins, a refreshingly, lively acidity and red cherry flavors through to finish. 6€ 10.2012

Barao de Nelas Colheita 2009 13% This blend of Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Roriz and Touriga Nacional is from a warmer subregion and a hotter year. It is nicely fruited with ripe dried, blackcherry-like aromas and juicy acidity. 4€ Tasted 10.2012

Barao de Nelas Reserva 2004 14% Lagar made and from a warmer vintage, Spirity aromas are a mix of mineral and cooked fruit notes with complex strawberry preserve flavors, driven forward by a juicy, sour red cherry-like acidity. 6€ Tasted 10.2012

Barao de Nelas Touriga Nacional 2007 14%  Lagar made, this wine offers complex, beautifully integrated aromas infused with minerality, graphite tinged blackberry & black cherry. Flavors echo these characters, coating the mouth with great length and depth, spun forward with balanced acidity and fine tannins. A great value excellent example of pure Touriga for its price 10€ Tasted 10.2012

Barao de Nelas Touriga Nacional/Aragones 2007 14%  This lagar made, blend of Touriga Nacional and Roriz offers complex, well integrated mineral, graphite and spicy, dried red fruit aromas; rich, mouthfilling red fruit flavors with great depth and persistence; nice  balance and fine structure. 7€ Tasted 10.2012 bronzemdb Xxx++