2019 Vadio, Bairrada DOC, Espumante Bruto Rose (RT93+) Here’s an amazing value in the sparkling rose market! With just 4490 bottles produced, this is a minuscule project of Luís Patrão, one that seriously outperforms its retail price at just under $30. This bottling was disgorged in August 2020, and is crafted from 100% Estate harvested Baga grown in clay and limestone soils near the central coast of Portugal. The pressing is gentle followed by fermentation in stainless steel and used oak barrels, then aged for 18 months prior to a very modest 3 grams/liter dosage. Impressively delicious, this Champenois Methode-produced wine wafts up notes of ripe, rich strawberry, red raspberry, layers of minerality, dried orange zest, gravel and hints of toasted almonds, the level of complexity keeps you returning to the glass for sniff after sniff. What an intoxicating bouquet! The palate is just as decadent, as ripe fruit and soft acidity lead to a convincing closing. This is outstanding and given how little of it makes it into the market, grab it while you can, IF you can find it! Drink now-2027+